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Former Aussie Captain Ricky Pointing Says, Virat Kohli Can Be Rattled, So Don't Let Anyone Bully You

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| December 3 , 2018 , 20:28 IST

Former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting on Monday revealed that Indian captain Virat Kohli can be "rattled" and Australia should try to get under his skin rather than sitting back and be bullied by him.

Team India will take on Australia in the four-match Test series starting from December 06 and former Australia batsman Dean Jones has advised against provoking Kohli.

Speaking to media Ricky Ponting on Kohli may bait Australia on the field said, "Well, he might. I don't necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn't try to get under his skin. I have seen him rattled".

"Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good hostile bowling and some good hostile body language around him. So, I would not sit back and let anyone bully," said the former Australia captain.

"The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language. That is the way Australians have always played their best."

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Ponting, under whom Australia dominated world cricket, said it would be "rubbish" if the current side doesn't play with an aggressive mindset.

"Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can't do without it. It is rubbish otherwise".

Further Pointing said, "You have to able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You got to use your actions and skills."

India lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86.25, including four centuries. Had he been the captain, Ponting says he wouldn't have allowed Kohli to get a good start.

"With someone like him who likes to score freely, he has obviously got a big ego, there are other things you can do. Don't let him score boundaries early on. Try and ball tight consistent stuff," he said.

"He also likes to run the ball down to third-man so maybe play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do.

"Another thing I will be doing is going back and looking at who has had the most success against him and why. The first one that comes to mind is James Anderson. He seems to trouble him the most," added Ponting.

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