Perth, Jan 13: Young India batsman Virat Kohli hit back at his critics who have been calling for his head after a string of poor performances during the ongoing four-Test series against Australia.
Kohli has so far played just six Test matches but in the current series Down Under, he failed miserably with his highest score being 44, which he made today in the first innings on the opening day of the third Test.
"I don't know why people are after me. Even after I made two 50s against the West Indies, after just one Test it was as if I was on verge of being dropped. Hitting eight one-day international hundreds can't be a fluke, after all that is international cricket too," Kohli told reporters.
"People have questioned my technique and temperament. I have batted at number 3 in ODIs and it's not that in all 70 matches I have batted in easy situations."
"I have learnt as much as I can but I have played just six Tests. It would help me in future. It's not the end of the world nor the last series ever played. I have to keep working hard and not worry about being dropped," he added.
The 23-year-old didn't feel batting at number 3 – his favourite position in ODIs -- is the solution.
"I don't want an easy way out. I want to bat in tough situations and learn from that experience. I don't want to play safe," said Kohli, who has been batting at number six in the series.
Kohli said he had made a few technical adjustments before he came in to bat in this Test.
"I had decided to play straight and not towards onside early on. Thats what I practices in the nets on the last two days. I went in with a plan."