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Kohli and Smith posed questions on Wednesday before the Test series.
India and Australia will start the Test series from Thursday. This match will be day-night. Earlier on Wednesday, Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australia’s Steve Smith launched the test series. During this, both of them also questioned each other. BCCI and Cricket Australia also shared their video.
India should convince me not to bowl: Smith
Kohli asked Smith who would like to score the most runs between you and Marnus Labushane and who would like to get the most wickets. In response, Smith said, “I want to get as many runs as I can.” Joking about bowling, Smith said that India should celebrate that it does not come to his bowling. Smith said Australia already have 5 quality bowlers and their bowling will not be required.
Kohli saves Smith from hooting during the World Cup
Kohli, who was returning after a ball tempering controversy, saved him from hooting by Indian spectators during a World Cup match. Smith asked Kohli about this, ‘Why did you appeal to the Indian audience not to shoot against me?’ In response, Kohli said that it was not appropriate that a fielder who is standing on the boundary line be de-motorized.
Smith was playing the 2019 World Cup after 1 year.
Kohli said, ‘I think an incident has happened, which you realize and you have repented after a long time. Whatever happens on the field, we should leave it on the ground. We are a friend after the match is over. ‘ The match was played between India and Australia at Kennington Oval, England. The match was won by India by 36 runs. After the match, Smith openly called Kohli as a thank-you.
Kohli’s favorite innings played in the World Cup against Australia
During question and answer, Smith asked Kohli about his best innings in international cricket. In response, Kohli said that the innings played against Australia in the 2016 T20 World Cup is his favorite. Kohli scored an innings of 82 off 51 balls against Australia in a match played in Mohali 4 years ago in India. This helped India beat Australia by 6 wickets.
Kohli said that he did not know how it happened, as the Indian team needed 67 runs in the last 6 overs. However, after this Kohli switched on the power mode. He had 9 fours and 2 sixes in his innings. Apart from this, the 183-run innings he played in the Asia Cup 2012 against Pakistan is also Kohli’s favorite.
Sachin-Ponting Smith’s favorite player
Kohli also asked Smith about his favorite players. In response, Smith said that he has seen Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting playing since childhood and both of them are his favorite players.
After the death of his father in 2006, Kohli was serious about cricket
Smith asked Kohli when did he feel that he was made to play international cricket? In response, Kohli said that after his father’s demise in 2006, he started looking at cricket as his career. After this, he got an opportunity to open in his first international series in Sri Lanka in 2008, but he could not do anything special in this series.
Kohli said, “During the Champions Trophy in 2009, I got an opportunity to play against the West Indies because Yuvraj Singh was injured. After that I scored 79 against the Windies. After playing this innings, I felt that if I play similar innings, I will definitely stay in the team for a long time. Explain that the West Indies had a target of 130 runs in front of India in this match. In reply, India lost 2 wickets for 12 runs. After this, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik together won the team.
Smith focussed on batting after poor performance as an all-rounder
Kohli asked Smith how he became a specialist batsman after making his debut as a bowling all-rounder in Australia. In response, Smith said, ‘After initially bowling in 2-3 matches, I was sent to bat at number 5-6. I could not succeed in this. After that I thought about how I can succeed in this. Then I focused on batting and stopped bowling in the nets. In this way I became a batsman.
Kohli-Smith hit 4-4 in 2014-15 series
Smith asked Kohli that he scored 4 centuries during the 2014-15 Test series. What do you think about this series? In response, Kohli said, ‘I thought a lot about this tour before touring Australia. I knew I had to bat in front of an Australian audience in Australia. I practiced for two and a half months. In the test, when Mitchell Johnson put the first ball, the ball went out of my head. I thought I had practiced for two and a half months for this tour. After this I fight and managed to score a century.
Kohli has high hopes from Rahane and Vihari
Smith also questioned Kohli about prediction regarding the series. He asked Kohli, “Who will be the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, the highest run-scorer?” Apart from this, Smith also asked who would win the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
To this, Kohli said, ‘I want India to retain this trophy. However, Smith and Warner were not there in the previous series, which are in this series. So this series will be more difficult. Regarding the batsman, Kohli said that he has high expectations from Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari in this series. Regarding bowling, Kohli said that he would like the bowlers of Australia and India to share it. In 2018, the highest wickets were taken by Nathan Lyon for Australia and Jaspreet Bumrah for India.