India vs Australia: Rivalry between the two teams is building all the time, says Tim Paine

Tim Paine opened up in a recent interview about the upcoming series and Kohli, the player that the Aussies love to hate but also respect as a cricketer.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • India beat Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Test series in 2018-19
  • Tim Paine and Virat Kohli were engaged in verbal arguments throughout the 4 Tests
  • Virat Kohli just another player to me it doesn't really bother me: Tim Paine

The upcoming Border-Gavaskar series in Australia is going to be the biggest Test series of this year with the hosts looking to take revenge and reclaim trophy after a humiliating loss at the hands of India in 2018-19.

The two teams are once again gearing up to battle it out on the field over the course of a month, starting with the first Test in Adelaide on December 17.

The last time these two sides met, there was a lot of tension brewing up between the two captains - Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. The duo had a go at each other at every given opportunity as tempers flared up during the intense battles on the field.

Paine opened up in a recent interview about the upcoming series and Kohli, the player that the Aussies love to hate but also respect as a cricketer.

"I get asked a log of questions about Virat Kohli, he's just another player to me it doesn't really bother me. There's not really a relationship there with him to be fair, I see him at the toss and play against him and that's about it.

"With Virat it is a funny one, we love to hate him but we also love to watch him bat as cricket fans. He certainly is polarising in that type of scenario. We love watching him bat, but we don't like seeing him score too many runs.

"Australia and India, its a heated competition and he's obviously a competitive person and so am I, so year there were a few occasions when we had words but that wasn't because he was the captain and I was the captain, it could have been anyone.

"There is always a bit more tension when a player is as good as he is, it's the same when you play against England, its Joe Root or a Ben Stokes. It's often the best player is the one that your team goes up a little bit, the intensity goes up when the best players in the world come out to the crease," Paine told ABC Sport.

Kohli and Team India stunned the Aussies 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar series the last time they came Down Under. Australia didn't have two of their best batsmen in their side at the time in Steve Smith and David Warner.

Both will be available for selection now which will make the 2020 series even more mouth-watering than it already was and Paine cannot wait for the challenge to begin.

"I'm looking forward to everything to be honest, it's a huge series. They beat us here last time obviously with a different team, and as I said the rivalry between the two countries building all the time so, I think any time you get to test yourself against the best is something that you look forward to as players and as a team, and we certainly are," Paine said.

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