Mumbai: After Test series defeats in South Africa and England, Australia tour remains India's only opportunity to make a mark overseas in a year that coach Ravi Shastri had described as "defining period for Indian cricket". On an individual level, I need to do these things more.
Speaking at the pre-departure press conference, Kohli said, "I think that's (no sledging policy) a very personal thing for them". He is one guy whom I can speak to and get an honest opinion.
Indian captain Virat Kohli said that he is more than happy to compete without any altercation during the upcoming tour to Australia which begins at the end of this month. We understand what we need to work on. We are not going to take a banner and say "this is what happens in the Indian team".
When asked about what exactly Shastri brought "to the table strategically or by motivation" as coach, Kohli jumped to his defence, saying he had pulled many players out of shells when they had been in poor form. "And I can vouch for that because at a time when we all went through a hard period in England in 2014, for me to able to come out of the shell and a lot of other players, Shikhar in 2015 World Cup, he can vouch for that for as well".
"It is all about the man-management, which Ravi bhai has done brilliantly for the time that he has been in the team", Kohli added. People are entitled to their opinion. If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia. Nothing is happening in a fake way. Everyone has a different personality, if someone's personality doesn't fall into someone else comfort zone, then that becomes a problem. So we are not out there wanting to judge anyone.
Kohli's assessment of what went wrong with the batting in England where India lost the Test series 4-1 centred around more of the same.
The skipper said that the plan has been laid down in front of players and urged his teammates to take up more responsibilities as India aim to win their maiden Test series in Australia.
"We have made decent progress but there is still room for improvement". Mohammed Shami (16 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (14 wickets) and Hardik Pandya (10 wickets) also performed better than their English counterparts on some occasions which is why the team is feeling very confident of a similar performance in Australia.
As Kohli pointed out, Shastri had worked with the India senior national team as its Team Director between 2014 and 2016.
"There were lot of things we discussed after England, on what went wrong. We played good cricket but the mistakes were also extreme". We are all working for it. On a personal level, I don't find the need to go and find these things anymore.
"The Kookaburra ball doesn't move so much there. So, it is about maintaining the pace with which you start your day". They had Mornie Morkel, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and now Kagiso Rabada. A lot of people think that we don't understand what needs to be done. We need to be consistent as a team. Everyone is keen to correct those things.
"Our focus will be more on how batsmen will bat together on this tour". Their lower-order contributions was more than us and that made the difference. We're just contributing to that.