Adelaide: India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday declared himself a "representation of new India", forever ready to take up challenges with optimism, as he responded to Greg Chappell's view that he is "the most Australian non-Australian cricketer of all time".
On the eve of the first Test against Australia, Kohli was asked about his aggressive brand of cricket coupled with a fighting attitude that the former Australia captain, who also served as India coach, found similar to the mindset of his countrymen.
"I would like to say that I have always been myself," the skipper said during a virtual media conference ahead of the opening Test against Australia here starting Thursday.
"The way my personality and character is, I am the representation of new India. For me, that's how I look at it," he asserted.
"In my mind, it's not (about) being compared to the Australian mindset as such. It's how we have started to stand up as the Indian cricket team and my personality has been like this from day one" he added.
The new India, according to one of the country's most followed sporting icons, is the one that's not afraid to take up challenges.
"The new India takes up challenges and is filled with optimism and positivity. We make sure that we are ready for any challenges that come our way."
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"They (Australians) played without real commitment. They weren't right in the contest often enough. There weren't hungry to convert 60 runs to 130 runs with individual totals," Healy said.
The injury-ravaged Indian team has shown great resilience and grit throughout the current tour of Australia.
In the 21st century, there have only been 20 instances of a visiting batsman playing more than 350 balls in a Test in Australia. The only man to have done so thrice is Cheteshwar Pujara. The games in question? Adelaide 2018, Sydney 2019, Sydney 2021 – a series-opening win, a series-clinching draw, and now this. That is impact.