The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world. He is also the most expressive man on the field and is known for his flamboyant style. He is often seen indulging in sledging and hilarious banters on and off-field.
Every time the Indian and Australian cricket team lock their horns with each other, there has always been some on-field exchanges between the two teams. Later this year, the two teams are all set to face each other and it will be interesting to watch how that unfolds.
However, the Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade believes that engaging with Virat Kohli on the field only gets the better out of him and this is the reason he feels that he will try and refrain from trying to get under the skin of Virat Kohli.
“I’ll go out and play the way I like to play. We certainly don’t go out chasing it. If it comes our way then you deal with it out on the field,”
“Virat is very clever in the way he uses his words or his body language, so they (India) use it as an advantage. To be honest I don’t want to engage too much into that, I know they thrive off that energy which comes from two (confronting) players. They are probably as good at doing that as anyone in the world at the moment, so it’s something I might stay away from this time,”
He also talked about playing games behind closed doors in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. He stated that cricketers don’t mind playing the game once it begins. He said:
“It’s just the atmosphere and buzz it gives you as a player. To play at Edgbaston with that crowd going in the first Ashes Test is obviously a lot different than playing Bellerive Oval in front of not a lot of people, so it’s just the feeling, the energy you get off the crowd,”
“The actual skill – bat versus ball – is pretty much exactly the same. I didn’t play (versus New Zealand in SCG ODI) and was only running drinks, but I spoke to the players out there and they said walking out to play was a weird feeling, but once a ball was bowled, it felt like a normal game of cricket which we are used to playing. Guys have played hundreds of games of cricket in front of nobody. So they are used to that,”