Flashback to 2017. India had defeated Australia and recaptured the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/india-in-australia-2018-200901/">Border-Gavaskar Trophy</a> after an animosity-filled four Tests, and after securing a 2-1 series win, India captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> had said that his relationship with some Australia players had 'changed', contrary to his claims of a friendly rivalry prior to the start of the series. <p></p> <p></p>Even now, before India s departure for the tour Down Under, Kohli had reaffirmed that he will not be the one to start a duel but won t hold back if the opposition fires the first shot. But as the platform continues to build for what many expect to be a 'chirpy' series, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-starc">Mitchell Starc</a>, however, feels things have changed since last year and that there no longer exists any animosity from Kohli towards Australia and vice-versa. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli vs Starc is one rivalry the cricketing world will have its eyes on, and the pacer, who is expected to lead Australia s attack during the gruelling four-Test series, feels he isn t one of the players whose equation with the India captain was damaged. <p></p> <p></p>"I don't get that feeling at all," Starc told <em>cricket.com.au</em>. "We had some good battles on the field through that series, all in good fun and had a few laughs about it and caught up after one of the Test matches. If that's the case, so be it. But I'm sure I'll have a few chats with him over this series and share a laugh and chat about the series once it's done." <p></p> <p></p>Starc and Kohli have shared the dressing room during the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Australia pacer produced Kohli in a completely different light off the field in comparison to how he conducts himself on it. <p></p> <p></p>"I got to know him a fair bit off the field and I think probably know him a bit better than some of my Australian teammates," he said. "(They) obviously only see them on the cricket field and the general public see what a competitor he is and how much he loves the challenge of performing home and away and to be one of the best players in the world. <p></p> <p></p>"I've got to see a bit off the field, where he's very different. (He's) such a nice guy off the field, he's got a lot of time for everyone and just loves to be part of the boys, whether its playing FIFA or being around the team room. I guess in a similar way to perhaps myself and some of the others, there's a bit of white-line fever there when you get on the cricket field and you just want to perform your best for your country." <p></p> <p></p>The Starc-Kohli rivalry will have to wait, for the fast bowler is not part of Australia s T20 squad for the three-match series starting Wednesday. But rest assured, the contest will be a sight to behold once the two teams face each other in the first Test starting in Adelaide on December 6.