Looking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli exuded confidence ahead of India’s departure for the tour of Ireland and England and said his men were looking forward to some difficult cricket.India had toured South Africa earlier in the year. After losing the first two Tests, they won the third Test on a tough Johannesburg pitch before crushing the Proteas 5-1 in the ODI series. India also won the T20I series 2-1.Team India skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media hours before their flight to Ireland and both men sounded confident of the team’s chances overseas. India play two T20Is in Ireland before travelling to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia do not have pleasant memories in England as far as Test cricket is concerned. In 2011, they lost 4-0 before going down 3-1 in 2014. However, Kohli said the South African tour has given his team the confidence to do well abroad.”After what happened in South Africa, we are actually looking forward to some tough cricket,” Kohli told the media in New Delhi on Friday.India have world’s best spinners, can win in England: Kumble”When we were playing the Test series in South Africa and lost the first two matches, people thought we were outplayed. Then we won the third Test and won the two series after that. Then they realised how well we played. We are looking forward to going to other countries and playing well. We are looking forward to playing difficult cricket,” Kohli said.advertisementKohli had a horrid time in England in 2014. He scored only 114 runs from five Tests and was all at sea against James Anderson and Stuart Broad. But he is now a completely different batsman and has since scored six double centuries including four in successive series.India to play over 200 international cricket matches from 2018 to 2023Immediately after the England tour four years ago, Kohli went to Australia and hammered four hundreds in four Tests. Against England at home, he smashed 655 runs from five Tests.On the tour of South Africa, Kohli hammered 871 runs across formats and was the leading run-scorer in the Test and ODI series.He was scheduled to play for Surrey to get used to English conditions before the Test series gets underway in August but the 29-year-old had to pull out after he sustained a neck injury during the IPL.It would be fair to say Kohli is not overtly worried about his chances against the swinging red leather this English summer.June 20, 2017: When Anil Kumble announced shock resignation as India coach”People have forgotten the Champions Trophy was also played in England. I was asked what I would when I landed there, and I said I wanted to walk around the streets with a cup of coffee. My thinking is very different.”If I think like how people are thinking on the outside, then it does not go well,” he said.Meanwhile, India coach Ravi Shastri said every series is a home series for India. His logic can sometimes be tricky to understand for the casual follower but he offered an explanation.”Every series is important. Every game is a home game for us. We do not play the opposition – we play the pitch. The 22-yards.. that is what we have to try and conquer. The boys know they will be rated if they can adapt to different conditions.”We are looking forward to playing in other countries.. I am not sure too many teams want to come to India,” he said.last_img

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