Virat Terror..Don't take panga with Kohli, else you will be wiped out..Warning for Aussies

Melbourne, Nov 17: The Australians are surely scared of the aggressive Virat Kohli. And, even before start of the series sledgers Aussies have been warned to avoid verbal duel with the Indian skipper. Aussies have been told that if they warm up Kohli with sledging, the consequences will be fatal for the team.South African captain Faf du Plessis offered tips to Australia ahead of their big-ticket clashes against India: avoid confrontation with Virat Kohli and give him "silent treatment".Du Plessis on Friday said that his team gave India captain Kohli the "silent treatment" in an attempt to keep him quiet when the two teams squared off earlier this year."There are guys like that in international cricket (who enjoy the confrontation). We feel like that when we play against someone like Virat Kohli, he wants to get into the fight," the Protea said.Du Plessis' South Africa beat India 2-1 in the series but Kohli emerged as the top run-getter with an aggregate of 286 from three Tests at an average of 47.66."There's one or two guys in each team around the world that we as a team discuss before playing against them. We're like, 'better not say too much to him because you'll get him going'."Kohli has been in imperious form throughout the year. The world no 1 Test batsman notched up 593 runs against England in the five-match series and followed that up with three back-to-back hundreds against the West Indies in the One-day International series.Du Plessis said, "He's an amazing player. We gave him the silent treatment and he still scored runs in South Africa, but we felt like it was not huge runs - he scored the one hundred there in Centurion when the wicket was slow."So every team will have what they think works - for us, that was silent treatment."Addressing reporters before leaving for Australia for the two-month long tour where the two sides will clash in three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs, Kohli on a question regarding the verbal spat said they will not initiate it but will surely retaliate."We were always the ones giving it back. As long as it (sledging) does not start, we will not go out looking for anything but we will reciprocate," Kohli said"I know from the management point of view, things are explained of what the team needs. As long as it does not start, we are okay with it. In our own minds, we have to be competitive and not let our focus drop," he added.Kohli also seemed happy with the fitness of his team which is an important part to perform well in Australia."I definitely believe our fitness levels are up, which is the most important thing in Australia because pitches can sometimes become very boring there," he added.The Indian skipper, who has been amongst runs in all the formats of the game in the past few years, also looked satisfied with his team's bowling attack however, indicated that it is time for the batsmen to rise to the occasion."We are always feeling good about the fact that we have a good bowling attack but our batsmen have to step up as well. That is something we spoke about after the England tour," expressed Kohli."Our focus will be more on how the batsmen bat together. Our bowlers are in the space and after a long time, we will we can pick 20 wickets in a game," the 30-year-old added.News24 Bureau/Agencies