"I think a lot of people think we don't understand what needs to be done and someone needs to literally tell you where the bat has to come from or where your head has to be but I think we've learnt those things enough, its about man management, it is what Ravi has done brilliantly". The pair is serving a one-year ban over the ball-tampering scandal and their absence has prompted experts to dub India favourites especially in the Test series which starts from December 6.
Ahead of India's departure to Australia, Kohli mentioned in his press conference that his team will look to be aggressive on the field but will not initiate any verbal battle.
India, who last lost a Test series at home in late 2012 against England, started the year with a 2-1 loss to South Africa but then thrashed debutants Afghanistan at home in a one-off Test before flying to England.
Kohli also asserted that he is very confident about his ability to perform consistently and doesn't need any verbal battle to raise his game. That's something we are looking forward to as a whole batting unit, from top to bottom, to bat well together.
Rockets "parting ways" with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony
Sources from the team said Carmelo had been out for the last two games from an "illness". There was only a bag and a couple of sneakers left in what used to be Anthony's locker.
"We don't necessarily have to go and look out for something". And I can vouch for it because we all went through a really hard time in England in 2014.
India captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli bats for Shastri, says the coach is no "Yes Man" MUMBAI Virat Kohli staunchly supported Ravi Shastri, saying the growing perception of head coach being a "yes" man to the skipper "is the most freaky thing he has ever heard". "As far as one-day cricket goes, we will try and play the 15 that will go to the World Cup". We're just contributing to that. These are very personal thing that happens in the team environment. He will be finished one day, I will finish playing one day. "In Test cricket we need to tighten things up".
There has been a general perception in the public that ever since India's head coach Ravi Shastri has taken over from Anil Kumble in 2017 middle, he has been a "yes man" to the captain Virat Kohli, that he only says "come on boys", "well played" and doesn't give catches at practice sessions like other coaches usually do. "About saying yes all the time, that's the most freakish thing". He's one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion - if something doesn't need to be done, he'll tell you. "I don't think there is anyone who has said no to me more than him (Ravi Shastri) in Indian cricket", Kohli said.