We like to hate Virat Kohli but we also like to bat him: Tim Paine

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Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Back in 2018-19, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a Test series against Australia at the latter’s ground. Although his own form with the bat was not very spectacular, he managed to split the win for the spectators. The 32-year-old will again prepare for this challenge when India begin their four-match Test series with the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval on 17 December.

When going into the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australian captain Tim Paine is well aware of what Kohli has to offer. In the previous tour, the two have undergone some reshuffling, grabbing headlines. However, Tasmania-born Paine does not wish to overcome Kohli’s stature and has said that the Delhi-born is “just another player”.

We don’t like to see Virat Kohli score too many runs, Paine says

He said, ‘I get asked a lot of questions about Virat Kohli. He is just another player for me that does not bother me. There’s not really a connection with him. To be fair, I see him in the toss and play against him and that’s about it, “Pine was quoted as saying in ABC Sport.

In the 2018-19 tour, Virat scored at an average of around 40 with a century and a half-century under his belt. But his overall average of 53.62 suggests that he has not left his guard in the long format. Pine praised Virat for scoring runs, but also acknowledged that the Indian captain could sweat the opposition to get his wicket.

“With Virat, it’s a fun, we like to hate him but we also like watching him bat as cricket fans. He is definitely polarizing in that type of scenario. We like to see him bat, but we don’t like him scoring many runs.

“Australia and India, it’s a hot competition and he’s obviously a competitive person and that’s why I am, so there were some years when we had words but it wasn’t because he was the captain and I was the captain, it could be. It was anybody, ”said Pine.

Kohli will not be part of the Test series after the game in Adelaide. The experienced players will miss the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Tests as they take paternity leave with their pregnant wife Anushka Sharma.

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