Australians are never shy off a word or two, ever since the Lillees, Warnes and the McGraths. That is the Australian cricketing culture and you cannot blame them for that. It is so ingrained! Of late, Team India is high on confidence after their comprehensive victories against New Zealand, England and the one-off Test against Bangladesh at home in their 13-Test home season. But the biggest challenge awaits them now: it’s the mighty Australians. It is a four-match Test series that commences in a week’s time.
In a recent interview to cricket.com.au, Glenn Maxwell said, “I’m probably not going to say anything to him, that’s for sure,” said Maxwell. He has been a regular rival to Kohli throughout their time in the Indian Premier League and in 21 international meetings across all formats.
Taking it a step further on Kohli, he took the Smith line and said, “Virat is up and down, I suppose, with sledging. If you (strike) a chord with him, or something gets him agitated to play a big shot, then blokes are more than welcome to go for it. But at the moment, there’s not much agitating him.”
“I think Steve said it perfectly in the press conference yesterday—the guys that want to get involved verbally, if that gets the best out of them then go for it.
“I don’t think it’s anything particular as far as technique or anything like that, I just think he’s so on top of his game at the moment,” Maxwell further added.