AUS v IND 2018-19: Virat Kohli shares the secret of his success down under

The Indian captain has aggregated 1169 Test runs at an average of 58.45 in Australia thus far.

That was a memorable knock in Perth from the Indian captain | Getty

Having enjoyed huge success across his last three Test tours down under, Virat Kohli thinks his magnificent performances in Australia is a reward for excellent temperament and unwavering confidence in his abilities.

The great batsman has now scored 1169 runs across 20 innings, including six outstanding hundreds at an astonishing average of 58.45 in Australia carving out the sort of legacy that once Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid did in that country.

"It's hardly anything technical," Kohli said during press conference in Melbourne on the eve of the Boxing Day test starting Wednesday, December 26, "If you're convinced in your mind that you can do it, your body starts reacting accordingly. It's all about getting into that frame of mind, as a team, as individuals when we prepare our own skill sets."

"I feel it's 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent technical when you go to any country away from your conditions to play. (When) the team that stays in a good zone for long enough, they end up doing special things."

"We're definitely working on that aspect, to stay in that zone and keep playing good quality cricket and be competitive on all days of the test match," he added.

Meanwhile, Virat hopes that the surface for this Test is just as spicy and helpful to the bowlers as the one in Perth was and backs his batting unit to overcome the challenge and lay the foundation towards a great win.

He said, "As a batsman, if at any stage you're hesitating or scared of the bounce, then you're definitely going to get hit. It's something you sit in your room and work on. It's not something you can just arrive and feel on that particular day."

"To get into that frame of mind where you feel like you're ready enough to get runs anywhere ... that takes a constant effort on a daily basis," he concluded.

(Inputs from AAP)


By Kashish Chadha - 26 Dec, 2018

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