We will not initiate sledging but will retaliate: Virat Kohli

Is India's Cricket World Cup Squad Finalised? Here's What Kohli, Shastri Reveal

India leave for Australia to play a three-match T20I series starting November 21 before the four-Test series gets underway from December 6.

"I know from the management point of view, things are explained of what the team needs". If that falls off, maybe because of some people feel the pressure of not scoring runs, some people feel the pressure of the situations.it varies, everyone goes through that but it's important to get your focus back to what the team wants. We are always trying to stay in the present because we have the talent.

"I think that's (no sledging policy) a very personal thing for them".

Talking about the contribution and the self-belief that Shastri instilled in everybody, Kohli said, "the contribution that he has brought to the table ever since we started building this team is making people believe that they belong at this level and I can vouch for it".

"About saing yes all the time, it's the most bizzare thing in the world". Because, he is one guy I can speak to and gives an honest opinion and he will tell me if it doesn't need to be done, doesn't need to be done. "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".

India play no further ODIs for the rest of this year, but they end 2018 joint-third among the teams that have featured the most players.

"We are always feeling good about the fact that we have a good bowling attack but our batsmen have to step up as well". As long as it does not start, we are okay with it.

Kohli also praised Shastri man-management, saying it is the most important factor at the level they play at.

Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly Wednesday said that Indian team under Virat Kohli has the "best chance to beat Australia" in absence of their premier players Steve Smith and David Warner. I don't think there is anyone who is said no to me more than him [Shastri] in Indian cricket.

Wary of the expectations and challenges ahead, Kohli, in the pre-departure press conference on Thursday in Mumbai, said the team has made progress over the previous overseas tours but added that there's still a a lot of room for improvement. Their lower-order contributions was more than us and that made the difference. Things that conveniently need to be put out there are put out.



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