Virat Kohli is “just another player” to me: Australia’s Tim Paine
Virat Kohli is “just another player” to me: Australia’s Tim Paine

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League ended with Mumbai Indians lifting the trophy for the record fifth time as they beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets on November 10.

With the tournament concluded, the Indian contingent will not train for their upcoming tour of Australia for which they have already arrived in Sydney where the first ODI will take place on November 27.

The tour will see India and Australia playing out 3 ODIs followed by as many T20Is and 4 Tests.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who once again failed to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to an IPL title, will only be available for the first Test, after which he will leave the country to be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is due for delivery in January.

Tim Paine, meanwhile, has said Kohli is just "another player" for him.

“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,” Paine told ABC Sport.

“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.”

Describing the clash between the two sides as a heated affair, he added: “Australia and India, it’s 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.”

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