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India vs Australia: Didn’t know where to draw line, was so bad on first tour, says Kohli on trips down under

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli is on his third Test tour of Australia and in an interview to former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, Kohli spoke about his experiences on the first two tours.

cricket Updated: Dec 08, 2018 04:17 IST
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India's captain Virat Kohli reacts to the dismissal of Australian batsman Usman Khawaja who was given out on review from the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin on day two of the first test match between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, December 7, 2018. AAP/Dave Hunt/via REUTERS(REUTERS)

“I didn’t have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that...,” says India’s celebrated captain Virat Kohli, known as much for his fiery character that has walked alongside his unbelievable batting like shadows.

Kohli’s Indian team is eying its maiden Test series victory in Australia. Having toured the country twice, Kohli is now leading the team.

“I didn’t have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that.

“Those are things that I, I wouldn’t say I regret, but those definitely I look at them as mistakes.

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“But mistakes that were important for me to commit so I can learn from them,” Kohli opened up to Australian great Adam Gilchrist during an interview for ‘Fox Sports’.

Now, the holder of many international records is a changed man, he seemed to convey.

“The one thing is that I’ve always been myself, I’ve never tried to be someone else because of the opinion,” Kohli said. “...Hence, I learn from my own mistakes, I realise my own mistakes myself and just kept correcting them through the journey.

“But (I’m) massively different from the last two tours, especially the first one, I was so bad.” He added, “I was never a perfect mould of typical, old school cricketer, I always just wanted to find my own way and I guess those things were a part of that journey.” The first tour Down Under was not easy for Kohli, struggling with scores of 11, 0 and 23, and the Australian crowds were hostile. The cricketer broke free in the fourth Test in Adelaide, with a maiden century. There was a half century before that, in Perth.

Kohli returns to this part of the world, never an easy place to play cricket, widely regarded as the world’s best batsman.

First Published: Dec 07, 2018 20:47 IST