India not bothered about Australia, Says Kohli

Pune: Indian captain Virat Kohli sounded confident as he on Wednesday said that his side is not bothered about Australia. The four-match Test series, starting in Pune on Thursday and Kohli said India focusing on delivering up to its potential.

India come into the series after a successful home campaign thrashing New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0) and Bangladesh (one-off Test).

Moreover, the home team are unbeaten since 2012 at home — winning 17 Test matches and having drawn three. Now, with Australia set to begin the challenging tour.

Kohli said that India focusing on their game and not worry about form and combination of visiting side.

“Every match, every series is challenging. All the teams we played are good quality teams and Australia is not different. We never rate anyone series higher or lower than the other. We are not treating Australia differently. Every opposition has to respect on equal terms,” Kohli said at the pre-match media conference.

“Home team are not worried about opposition’s combination. We are comfortable what we want to do. Team India are aware of their skills, positives and negatives. We have done certain preparations and tend to focus on our game. We respect every team but we focus on our skills and qualities,” the premier batsman added.

“England was a top quality side and in the first match at Rajkot which we drew and that gave us a lot of confidence to turn it around. So, now everyone is feeling confident and we are in a good space as a team and not bothered about the opponent too much.”

Kohli, who has won over many fans as a batsman and a captain alike in the last few years.

However, felt that a captain is just as good as his team.

“Captaincy will only be as good as the team performs and how the consistent the players are. If players are not playing up to their potential, not much I can do as captain,” the 28-year-old said.

“I don’t judge myself after every series. Priority and the only goal that we have is to win games of cricket. The more the team becomes mature, the captain starts looking good. If the team doesn’t do well, the captaincy bit seems out of control.”