India vs Australia: Tim Paine relishing heated contest with Virat Kohli

first_imgA lot has been written about the heated exchange between Australia captain Tim Paine and Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the Perth Test. While some experts brandished Kohli as arrogant and irresponsible with behaviour, some said that he did not cross any line and in fact Matthew Hayden thinks Kohli is more Australian than Indian in terms of his aggression. Along with Kohli, there was Paine on the other side of the battle and he has spoken about how he is loving these competitive confrontations.After the Perth Test, Paine had said in the press conference that Kohli “brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people which is great, and I’m sure it was great to watch”.Now, Paine has given a solid reason to why he is enjoying these little battles with the Indian captain — Paine loves the “passion and aggression” Kohli plays with.”Virat is someone who is prepared to wear his heart on his sleeve and like all professional athletes, hates to lose,” Paine wrote in a column for Herald Sun.”I like the way Virat plays. I don’t know him personally but I’ve always admired – not only his obvious skill as a player – but the passion and aggression he plays with. People like to see that and he gets fans through the gates.”Paine further revealed that the time when Paine was not playing international cricket, Kohli was the player he “loved watching”.”A lot was made of my battle with Virat in the second Test, and for the past few years when I haven’t been playing international cricket, he was one guy I loved watching,” Paine said.advertisement”Now to be out in the middle going head-to-head with him in a Test series is something I’m really relishing.”Paine further said that not “in the slightest” was he annoyed by Kohli looking straight past him at the handshake after the match. He said he loved Kohli’s aggressive style but it was just not his way of operating.”We all play at this level because we love the contest and his combative style and the way he backs himself is how he gets up.”My mantra as Australian captain is you have to be yourself. I know I lead and perform better when I stay calm under pressure.”With the Perth Test behind, both India and Australia have moved into getting up and ready for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, starting a day after Christmas and Paine promised “intense, hard” cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).”I think day one in particular is going to be really intense, ‘hard’ cricket,” Paine opined.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Paine on banter with Kohli: He brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of peopleAlso Read | What is wrong with Virat Kohli’s behaviour? He is an absolute gentleman: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli and Tim Paine hang out with India fans at summer festivallast_img read more

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