Australia Test skipper Tim Paine says that Australian cricketers love to hate Virat Kohli, but they also adore watching him bat.
India and Australia are set to lock horns in the upcoming India-Australia series starting November 27.
Indian captain Kohli will play only one Test against Australia, and then he will head back home after for paternity leave by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
"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 do not like seeing him score too many runs," said Paine as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
During the 2018-19 tour of Australia, Kohli and Paine had some heated exchanges on the field.
"Australia and India, it's a heated competition and he's obviously a competitive person and so am I. So yeah, 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. 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," said Paine.
During the 2018-19 series, the Kohli-led side won the test series 2-1, they will be looking to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
"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. 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," said Paine.
The first Test between India and Australia is set to start from December 17 at the Adelaide Oval, and this match will be a day-night contest.
(With Agency inputs)