Mindset more important than practice, says Virat Kohli

"Unless you're mentally there, there's no point of any sort of practice"

“Unless you’re mentally there, there’s no point of any sort of practice”

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India stand-in captain Virat Kohli has announced that having a positive mindset will be more important than practice throughout the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Kohli was given the reins for the first Test in Brisbane since regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is recovering from a thumb injury.

“I think coming to Australia and playing, it’s more about the mindset rather than getting used to the conditions, because pace and bounce is something which you can get used to,” Kohli said. “But unless you’re mentally there, there’s no point of any sort of practice.

“I love leading the side, I love being captain, I love putting my first foot forward and putting in my [views] throughout the game. I don’t see any issues on why I can’t be up to the challenge.

“As long as the team backs me and puts in the performances we want, I think I’m going to look good at the end of the day.”

Kohli also noted that he is aware of the threat posed by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson.

“He’s been bowling really well – everyone knows that,” Kohli said. “Credit to him for doing all that.

“We are equipped enough to tackle him on these pacy and bouncy wickets. I don’t see any good reason why we can’t come up and put up a good fight.

“It’s all about mentally being there. If you can visualise being in that battle and being on top, I think you’re going to be able to go out there and execute it. I think the guys in our team have the ability to do it…it’s all about being mentally present.”

Responding to Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle’s comments about a rowdy crowd at the Gabba and the responsibility of captaining India being “a bit daunting”, Kohli said: “Well that’s for me to know and for me to experience. I’ve played against him [Siddle], he’s quite a competitive guy, so I’m not surprised there’s already some banter starting from that end. I don’t mind all that.”

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