Ponting urges Australia bowlers to attack and 'rattle' Kohli

Ponting urges Australia bowlers to attack and 'rattle' Kohli

Ponting urges Australia bowlers to attack and 'rattle' Kohli

One is captain Virat Kohli and the other, Mohammed Shami - one of the key members of India's pace battery.

In the run-up to the four-Test series, which starts in Adelaide on Thursday, Australian pundits have been asking how the hosts can go about stopping Kohli but few have been able to provide a satisfactory answer.

"I personally don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home", Kohli told reporters at Adelaide Oval.

Indian top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for producing "one of the best fast bowling attacks" in the country.

"With our bowling attack we're very confident and based on past year, we had quite a good template there and it worked pretty well (in the Ashes)".

Pundits have nonetheless backed Kohli's side to do what no other Asian team has done and win a test series in Australia, though for that to happen the skipper will need his team mates to chip in with more runs than they did in series defeats in South Africa and England.

For a nation that traditionally built their bowling attack around crafty spinners who operated as if their life depended on it, India have finally acquired a versatile pace attack, which helped them claim 20 wickets in all but two tests this year.

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Pundits once bracketed Kohli alongside Australia's Steve Smith, Joe Root from England and New Zealand's Kane Williamson as the batsmen who would go on to dominate world cricket but the India skipper's prolific run-scoring form and consistency has set him apart from the rest. We would like to perform well and start off well.

India is chasing a maiden series win in Australia to validate its ICC No.1 ranking.

There have been many instances of on-field heated exchanges between players of the two teams in the past series.

Pujara said the visitors are not bothered about sledging. "But we have batsmen who can play spin well", he said. But I am sure we will look to play fierce cricket and look to be aggressive. "We as a team felt that we were let down by umpires, there were a lot of atrocious decision given against us, and we lost that match, so it was important for us to win at Perth".

"Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn't mean anything".

"I faced Ashwin a couple times in IPL before this, so don't have much experience of playing him in Test cricket". The bowlers know what they have to do. "As a bowling unit we are very confident and the bowlers will stick to their basics".

After naming a 12-man team on Wednesday, India opted to play hard-hitting batter Rohit Sharma, with all-rounder Hanuma Vihari missing out. "We're not taking anything for granted".

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