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Kohli can still be rattled, don't let him be a bully: Ponting to Australia

Press Trust of India  |  Adelaide 

can be "rattled" and should try to get under his skin rather than sitting back and be bullied by the Indian captain, said former

will take on in the four-Test series beginning here Thursday and former batsman has advised against provoking

The has mellowed down since the previous tour Down Under but when asked if he will be baiting 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.

"definitely rattled him a few times with some good hostile and some good hostile body language around him. So, I would not sit back and let anyone bully," told com.au.

"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."

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.

"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."


lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but 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 may be 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 He seems to trouble him the most," added Ponting.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 17:15 IST
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