Kohli hopes for sledge-free Australia tour

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

No One in Indian Cricket Says ‘No’ to Me More Than Shastri: Virat

On the perception that Shastri is Kohli's "yes" man, the captain said: "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing that I have heard".

"He (Shastri) will finish one day, I'll finish one day but Indian cricket stays here". Because he is the one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion and he will tell me something that doesn't need to be done. I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else. "That's a very personal thing for them". Things that conveniently need to be put out there will be put out there. What happens is if there is a situation where we don't bat well as a team and we lose the game, that can dent you mentally. As long as it does not start, we are okay with it.

India are scheduled to play 3 T20Is, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs in Australia with series beginning on 21 November with the T20Is.

Kohli also praised Shastri's man-management skills.

"The contribution that he has brought to the table ever since we began building this team is that he has made us believe we belong to this level".

"Now it is the time to really get focussed and play as a unit and then hopefully not have too many injuries, so that we don't have to look elsewhere and take it from there. It's about man management which Ravi Bhai has done brilliantly for the time he has been with the team". We have to live our lives.

"But I think we have learnt those things enough". 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 hard. So we are not out there wanting to judge anyone. If I'm told, it's a hard situation and I need to find a way, no one can tell me each ball what shot to play or no one can come and tell me the decisions I make every ball.

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"We have made decent progress but there is still room for improvement". "The thing is we understand within the group what we need to work on. That is something we spoke about after the England tour", expressed Kohli. What we did right, why we won a Test match?

Indian head coach Shastri has often been criticised by the media and cricket fraternity for agreeing to whatever Kohli says but the captain rubbished all the statements, saying Shastri is someone who can bring the best out of players. We are all working for it. "We have to find a solution in tough situations rather than feeling that it would appear from somewhere".

India-Australia series have always served some extremely intense matches, however, the team from Down Under have adopted a more mellow approach since the ball-tampering scandal.

"From the last time we went there (to Australia), fitness levels of the bowlers are surely up, which is the most important factor in Australia".

He cited the example of South Africa, who are one of the few teams to win a Test series in Australia in recent times. Our guys are surely capable too to do a similar kind of job but I don't want to focus on that. But the batsmen need to step up as well. Which we have spoken as a team again after England and everyone is keen to correct the mistakes and put in a complete performance.

"Our focus will be more on how the batsmen bat together". "Definitely the lower order I would say".

"The lower order contribution is crucial as we saw in England".

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