Australia’s David Warner insists he does not intend to sledge ‘world class’ India batsman Virat Kohli in the upcoming Test series.
Kohli goes into the four-match series ranked as the second-best Test batsman in the world, behind only Australia captain Steve Smith.
The Indian superstar was in scintillating form during the Test and ODI series against England and scored a double-century earlier in the month against Bangladesh.
Warner has a history of on-field controversies and is renowned for sledging opponents, but the Australian vice-captain admits the technique could backfire against Kohli.
‘For us, it’s about going out there and playing our brand of cricket,’ Warner said ahead of the first Test match which starts on Thursday.
‘Virat Kohli is one of those players, if you niggle at him, it either makes him better or if you get under his skin, he’ll probably get even better.
‘He’s a world class player at the moment and for us, it’s about going out and playing the best cricket we can.
‘We’re not going out there to entertain the idea of sledging or banter. It’s out there and playing good cricket and a great brand of cricket and making sure it’s in the spirit of the game.’
Warner fell cheaply in both innings during Australia’s warm-up game against India A in Mumbai over the weekend but insisted he was not disheartened because of his recent exceptional form.
He added: ‘I’m not disappointed at all. That’s what happens with my game, the way I play I’m either going to go on and cash in or I’m going to get out cheaply. That’s the way I play.’