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Kohli also refused suggestions that they are under pressure as suggested by his counterpart Steven Smith.
“It is better we focus on our skills rather than what Australia is saying. I know these are mind games that they come up during press conferences. We still have to play cricket as we are doing for the last few years,” he added.
The questions kept veering towards the Pune loss and parallels were drawn with the infamous 2015 loss to Sri Lanka in Galle, which was followed by an unbeaten streak that ended last month.
“It was basically a scenario where we look at a situation differently. It is similar when you bat and bowl you try to break a partnership by taking three wickets in a spell. I think we believed as a team that we can win from that position. I think we have more experience and belief in the team that we had back then,” he added.
Kohli said it is never a good idea to get either too excited by a win or too deflated by a loss.
“We are all professional cricketers but sometimes when you are winning lot of games you don’t tend to focus on to improve as such, because someone or the other would step in,” he reasoned.
“When the whole team does not execute the things you want to, you understand a lot of things to work on and that’s always a good sign…you can’t take anything for granted during a Test match. I think these things are also very important in your cricket journey,” he said.
The swashbuckling batsman, who endured a rare failure with the bat in Pune, said he expects the familiarity with the pitch to work in favour of India here.
“I have played a lot of games here. I don’t think the Bangalore wicket has changed over the years. No surprises at all. Whenever we have played Test cricket we have done well. We take all these things into account,” he said.
“We always play well at this stadium. Even the last Test that we played here we won against Australia. These things are big positives for us. We know exactly how this wicket plays and we know exactly what to do with this sort of wicket,” he added.
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav drew criticism for his below par performance in the first Test where he took just two wickets. But Kohli refused to say whether he would be dropped.
“These are perceptions. We have our ideas that we will address as management and go with best combination possible. Jayant has been outstanding. You can’t put pressure on the guy who has played only one series. The way he has grabbed his spot, it has been outstanding. He is an intelligent cricketer,” he asserted.