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Virat Kohli Enjoys the Sun After Steve Smith's 'Verbal Volley' Threat

In swashbuckling form, Kohli is happy to switching off from the game and is taking time to relax and enjoy life off the field. Australia skipper Steve Smith though is working overtime to plot India's downfall in the Test series.

Cricketnext Staff |February 16, 2017, 9:12 AM IST
Virat Kohli Enjoys the Sun After Steve Smith's 'Verbal Volley' Threat

New Delhi: Back home after a comprehensive win over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad, skipper Virat Kohli is taking it easy and chilling at home before he gets back on the field for the intense four-Test series against the visiting Australians.

In swashbuckling form, Kohli is happy to switching off from the game and is taking time to relax and enjoy life off the field. Australia skipper Steve Smith though is working overtime to plot India's downfall in the Test series. Smith has made it clear that he wants to return victorious from this tour.

So, even as Smith is keeping no stones unturned to play mind games and spoke about sledging the Indians and angering Kohli to break his concentration, the India skipper took to Instagram to post a picture of the morning rays hitting his face on Thursday morning.

Kohli posted a photo which read: “The feeling you get when the morning rays hit you is bliss 👌😇. Have a great day world. Make most of it 😊.”

This comes after Smith made no bones about the fact that his team will do anything possible to beat India in their own backyard.

“I think each of our individuals play the way they play and if they want to get into a battle verbally then, if that gets the best out of them, go for it," Smith said.

"It's all about us making sure that as individuals we're in the right mindset to go out and succeed and if guys want to get in those kind of battles then go for it.

"But in the end it's about us playing on skill and making sure that our skills are in the best place for us to succeed in these conditions.”

Earlier, Smith had also spoken about ruffling Kohli’s feathers. “I guess for us as a team it's trying to get him (Kohli) out of the strong emotional state and try and make him, I guess, a little bit angry and ruffle his feathers and things like that.

"I think if you can get him in that state then the Indian team can possibly be a little bit vulnerable,” he had said.

But clearly Kohli is in his zone at the moment and these things hardly affect the champion batsman.

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