Having toured Australia twice, Kohli is now leading the team as India eye a maiden series win Down Under. The 29-year-old has in the past gotten into plenty of on-field verbals in the country but the Indian captain said that he there were mistakes made, but he has now learnt from them and moved on.
"Those are things that I, I wouldn't say I regret, but those definitely I look at them as mistakes," Kohli opened up to Australian great Adam Gilchrist during an interview for 'Fox Sports'.
"But mistakes that were important for me to commit so I can learn from them,"
Now, the holder of many international records is a changed man, he seemed to convey.
"The one thing is that I've always been myself, I've never tried to be someone else because of the opinion," Kohli said.
"...Hence, I learn from my own mistakes, I realise my own mistakes myself and just kept correcting them through the journey.
"But (I'm) massively different from the last two tours, especially the first one, I was so bad."
The first tour Down Under was not easy for Kohli, struggling with scores of 11, 0 and 23, and the Australian crowds were hostile. The cricketer broke free in the fourth Test in Adelaide, with a maiden century. There was a half-century before that, in Perth.
Kohli returns to this part of the world, never an easy place to play cricket, widely regarded as the world's best batsman.
"I was never a perfect mould of typical, old school cricketer, I always just wanted to find my own way and I guess those things were a part of that journey."
First Published: December 7, 2018, 9:19 PM IST