Ahead of the Day/Night Test against Australia on Thursday, Team India skipper Virat Kohli said that his personality is a representation of 'new India' where everyone wants to take up challenges and emerge victorious.
The first Test between India and Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval l and will be a day-night contest. Kohli and his men, however, have a stern test ahead, considering the hosts' ruthless record in pink-ball Tests. Sitting firmly at the top of the ICC Test cricket charts, Australia has won all 8 day-night Tests they've featured in.
"Well, look firstly, I'd like to say that I have always been myself and the way my personality is, it's a representation of new India and for me, that is how I look at it. It's not as such a comparison in my mind to me being similar to the Australian mindset, it's how we have started to stand up as a cricket team. "My personality has always been like this and it is a representation of new India where we want to take up challenges and move forward with optimism and positivity," Kohli told ANI during the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
"I've been touring this place for a while now, it is a wonderful place to play cricket. When you perform well here, you earn the respect of the fans. Similar to Jasprit (Bumrah) as well, he performed really well here so there is always going to be anticipation as to how you perform. All the external things are not in our control, which is great for the publicity of the series, but our focus remains on performing well for the team," he added.
Team India will lose the services of Kohli after the first Test as the 32-year-old has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the last three Tests, with Rohit Sharma set to feature in the last two Tests. Virat also said that Rahane will do a great job in leading the team,d uring his absence.
"Firstly, Rahane and I, we've built mutual understanding over the years, we've had great partnerships batting together which is based on trust. Rahane has done a fantastic job in the two practice games, he seems to be very composed and he knows the strengths of our team and how we need to go.
"We already know the template we play with and how we want to go about things. We are on the same page and I am sure Rahane will do a tremendous job in my absence," he stated.
"Till the time I am here the focus remains to provide captaincy and leadership and performances as a player to the best of my abilities, then I am confident Rahane will do a fantastic job.
"I've said this in the past that this is the time for Rahane to step up and perform strongly as an individual, we are on the same (page) and the vision remains to put in consistent performances," Virat quipped.