Virat Kohli Receives Praise From Mitchell Johnson Ahead of Fourth Test

Updated: 02 January 2015 20:23 IST

Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson have had frequent run-ins in the four-Test series which Australia have clinched with wins in the opening two matches at Adelaide and Brisbane.

Virat Kohli Receives Praise From Mitchell Johnson Ahead of Fourth Test
Kohli and Johnson have been in a constant war of words. © AFP

Sydney:

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes new full time India Test captain Virat Kohli, who he's clashed with repeatedly during the first three matches of the four-Test series, will bring a new, aggressive approach to the way India play cricket.(Vivian Richards Backs Aggressive Virat Kohli)

Kohli and Johnson have had frequent run-ins in the series which Australia have clinched with wins in the opening two matches at Adelaide and Brisbane. But Johnson said on Friday that he expects Kohli's "in your face" approach to the game will spill over to his captaincy.('Kohli Represents New Age India')

Following Mahendra Singh Dhoni's surprise decision to retire from Test cricket after the drawn Test earlier this week at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Kohli assumed the fulltime captaincy ahead of the final Test in Sydney beginning Tuesday.(Dhoni Wasn't Doing Justice to Himself: Shastri)

"It could be quite interesting because they're not known for that aggressive type of play," Johnson said Friday. "But ever since I've seen him play cricket, I've always seen him pretty fiery.

"So he'll definitely be an aggressive type of captain I think in the way he sets fields, and I think you'll see a lot different to what M.S. did. He is a fierce competitor and he really does like to get involved in it all."

Kohli has been a master batsman in this series, scoring 499 runs at an average of 83.13 in three Tests.

"It doesn't matter who he plays against, he plays in your face and that is how he likes to play the game," Johnson said.

"Virat's just been telling us how many runs he's scored and we've just been saying we're two-nil up in the series so that's pretty much it. It's always been part of the game and always will be."

Topics : India Australia Virat Kohli Mitchell Johnson India in Australia Series, 2014-15 Cricket
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