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On Aussie obsession and love affair with Adelaide

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Adelaide: Like any megastar, Virat Kohli is well aware of the obsessive focus on him in Australia right now but he prefers to not believe the hype since he has "no control" on what's being spoken or written about him.

The Australian media has had a constant question to anyone and everyone ever since the build-up to the series started -- how can Kohli, the man who amassed 692 runs the last time he was here, be stopped this time?.

On the eve of the first Test, the Indian captain was asked about this "obsession" with him and Kohli's answer was a giveaway that he couldn't care less.
"This (obsession) is something that I don't believe in, at all. Whatever batsmen we have, all of them have so much ability that every one of them can single-handedly turn any game," Kohli said.

"This is something I believe in 120 per cent, and even they have faith in themselves. On the outside what people think, we cannot control. I cannot tell people to not to talk about it or write about it," he added.

When the topic of obsession turned into a discussion about his love affair with Adelaide, where he has three hundreds from two Tests, he spoke about his "connect" with the iconic home ground of Sir Don Bradman. "I love coming to this ground, the city in general. I really enjoy the city, I don't know what the connection is, but I just feel really good here. Not to say that the performances are always guaranteed in a certain place but yes, coming to Adelaide I feel different from places that I have gone in the world and that's been the case," said the world's no 1 batsman.

He didn't hide that Adelaide is his favourite ground outside India. "It happens to every cricketer, they have a favourite ground away from home. For me, Adelaide has always been special, because I scored my first Test ton here.”

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