Adelaide, Nov 24: India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli has issued a warning to the Australians, asking them to be ready for "aggressive cricket", the same brand of the game played by the home team.
Soon after landing in Australia for a long tour, which consists of 4 Tests and a ODI tri-series involving hosts and England, Kohli was quick to say that the team was ready for a fight.
Kohli, who will captain the Test side for the first time, in the series opener in Brisbane starting December 4, said he was ready to face hostile crowds again, which he had experienced in 2011-2012 tour. Regular skipper MS Dhoni will miss the first Test due to an injury.
"I had quite a bit of it last time (2011-12), but I loved it. Once you perform in those conditions, the people love you here and they love a good fight," Kohli, who was fined for an obscene finger gesture towards the crowd last time, said. (Ganguly questions India's preparations)
The right-hander said they are here to play "the brand of cricket that Australia plays".
"We're here to play aggressive cricket, play the brand of cricket that Australia plays. They can expect a lot of fightbacks on the bat and there's going to be more aggression this time around with the whole squad," he added.
With Australian paceman Peter Siddle already starting mind games by saying Kohli will have be daunted by the task of leading the team, the Delhi boy responded, "Well that's for me to know and for me to experience, to go out there and know how it is. I've played against him, he (Siddle) is quite a competitive guy, so I'm not surprised there's already some banter starting from that end."