Kohli: Going against Australia fully aware of their strengths, weaknesses

DN Bureau

He insisted that all the teams they have played before are of good quality and that the Australian side are no different.

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli

Pune: Riding on the euphoria of a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday insisted that his side is not bothering about Australia's recent form and is rather focusing on their own strength in the four-match series beginning tomorrow at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

The series against the Steve Smith-led side will be the fourth and last home series of the 2016-17 season for India, who have notched up emphatic Test series win against New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0) and Bangladesh (one-off match).

However, Kohli insisted that all the teams they have played before are of good quality and that the Australian sideare no different.

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"Every series for us is challenging. We don't rate any series higher or lower than the other one. All teams that we played before are the good quality teams. We are not treating the series as too different from what we have done in the past. I think England was very tough series. We come into this series much more confident and much surer about us as a squad, what we want to do," Kohli told the reporters on the eve of the opening Test.

"We don't tend to focus too much on our oppositions. But at the same time we respect them as much and for us every opposition has to be respected on equal terms. There is no higher or lower in the order. We just want to focus on our skills and play good cricket out there," the swashbuckling batsman added.

Talking about his side's preparation, Kohli said that Indiaare in a good space at the moment and are absolutely sure about how they wanted to go in the upcoming series. (With ANI inputs)

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