Are we playing our cricket the Australian way?
According to Michael Hussey, Indians are now playing their cricket the Australian way. And he believes Virat Kohli is the reason behind this mental shift.
I’m an ardent fan of cricket. I’m passionate for Team India. I remember, convincing my boss for live screening of India’s World Cup Match in the office. My love for the game is fierce.
Recently when Michael Hussey expressed his views about Indian cricket team, I felt little awkward. According to him, Indians are now playing their cricket the Australian way. And he believes Virat Kohli is the reason behind this mental shift.
“India are now starting to get that tougher Aussie cricket culture as well. Skipper Kohli is very hungry for success, he’s happy to get into a scrap for a win which we haven’t always seen from the Indian teams in the past,” said the former Aussie batting star.
Hussey pointed out, “I’m not saying there have not been tough India teams before but now they are willing to get into a fight. That’s got a lot to do with the way Virat leads the team, he’s very aggressive. It’s the Australian way.”
He noted, “Steve Smith will look at individual battles between him and Kohli. The great players, they like to get one up on each other and the opposition.”
And both being determined and captains as well, I am sure they will be pushing hard at each other, trying their best to get ahead, score more runs than one another. It will be an interesting battle within the battle, a race within a race,” he added further.
He mentioned there were lesser chances of matters getting out of hand on the behavioural front in the shorter formats. “There is not much time to get involved in that kind of stuff because the game’s moving so quickly, the next over, the next phase of the game, the next wicket. And there will not be much chatting because the fields will be spread out.”
Hussey said Australia, which owned game-changing players with experience in the Indian conditions such as Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, had “a good chance of upsetting India.”
It’s always a smashing encounter when India and Australia are playing against each other. After Sri Lanka tour, Team India will host powerful Aussies, second time this year.