Virat Kohli-led Team India scripted history Down Under when they last toured Australia by becoming the first team from Asia to win a Test series on Australian soil. India thumped Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to return home with the elusive title. However, this time around, Australia will start as favourites in the much-anticipated Test series after the return of David Warner and Steve Smith.
Ahead of the start of the gruelling tour, former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann hailed Kohli for his fighting spirit and said the Indian skipper wants to win every game that he plays.
“That’s just the way he plays; he plays full of energy and doesn’t want to lose,” Lehmann told Sydney Morning Herald as per PTI.
Lehmann recalled the 2017 Test series between India and Australia to highlight Kohli’s fighting spirit and said the Indian skipper likes to push his limits when out on the field.
“He always pushes the boundaries, but that’s what great players do. He wants to win every game. That was one of the more fiery ones [2017 series] going around in recent years,” Lehmann said.
Kohli was the third-highest run-getter in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 which was played in Australia. He scored 282 runs in 4 games and played a crucial role in helping the visitors’ pile misery on the Aussies by defeating them in their own backyard.