Its Australian counterpart Tim Paine, however, he is ready to push the boundaries if the game situation demands it.
“I think this year (due to the pandemic) has also made people realize a lot of things that may not have been necessary in the past where they hold a grudge or have unnecessary tension between teams or individuals, which is absolutely useless.” Kohli said on the eve of the opening test, one day at night.
Paine, for his part, agreed that it is not necessary to be aggressive, but he and his men will not “step back” if necessary.
“Yeah, look, in terms of what’s happening on the pitch, we’ll have to wait and see,” Paine said during her media interaction.
“You certainly don’t go into it planning to have fights or be overly aggressive or anything like that. We just go out, try to execute our plans, first with our skill, with bat and ball.”
But on the pitch, things sometimes heat up, Paine admitted. And if that happens, “… there is no doubt that this team will not step back”.
The Indian captain, however, believes that there is no need to get personal even if you become aggressive.
“You will still be professional and make sure you are positive and aggressive in your body language and in the way you do things on the pitch,” he said.
“But I don’t think things are going to be as personal as before, not least because we all understand that we are contributing to a larger cause and it’s quality if cricket is to stand up.”
But good behavior on the pitch is a two-way street, and Australia’s controlled aggression following the 2018 ball tampering scandal and the relationships developed as a result of the IPL largely contributed to this.
“At the end of the day, useless things will practically filter out by themselves.
“Yes, it could be the culmination of playing a lot of IPLs. Australia has changed their approach to some extent, and also as I said for how things went this year, everyone is just grateful for the field opportunities. ”
Tension, stress, and emotions are all part of high-intensity sport and will be there, but as you add years to life, they tend to realize what things need to be curbed, Kohli said.
“I hope cricket continues to be competitive and we shouldn’t have to compromise on the quality of cricket and the batting will continue,” he said.
“There will be tension, there will be stress, there will be emotions that flare up every now and then, but I no longer foresee anything personal”, he clarified.
“I think we are all getting smarter too … so we’ll make better and smarter choices. But let’s make sure the quality of cricket stays the same,” he concluded.