Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indian skipper Virat Kohli ready to rock & roll

Indian skipper Virat Kohli ready to rock & roll

"What's been the difference for us is the two X-factors we have in the middle overs", Kohli said, referring to Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

The skipper made it clear that he is available for the first T20 against Ireland in Dublin, June 27.

"By the time the Test series arrives, we won't feel like we are playing an away series", Kohli said. The neck is fine now. "This thing that happened was the best thing.although not intended but happened in the best way", he said. Cheteshwar Pujara struggled in his brief County stint in swinging conditions. The mindset doesn't change on the basis of one series. With Kohli now leading the team, the Delhi batsman hopes to change the trend of Indian teams not being good travellers. "We are looking forward towards playing hard cricket as that's the only way we will be able to test ourself as a team", Kohli signed off. If the pitch is flat, they literally have no way out, unless you have wrist spinners in your side, who can do the job in the middle overs.

This has irked the likes of former England capital Michael Atherton and India legend Sachin Tendulkar, and Kohli agreed it has been "brutal" for the bowlers. Before departing to England earlier this week, the Indian skipper felt not playing county could be a blessing in disguise as a break from the game has refreshed him completely.

"You have a certain ability but if you are fit then you can enhance it".

"But when I look at it now, attempting to get used to conditions with a 90 percent fit body wasn't a good idea". You know that they can get you out in any particular over when they bowl.

Shastri said the Yo-Yo fitness Test was an integral part of team selection, dismissing debate caused by Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu and Sanju Samson dropped after being selection because they failed the test. "I am at 110 percent and ready to go", Kohli said about his fitness.

"Philosophy is simple - you pass you play, you fail, you fail".

"The captain leads from the front, the selectors and the entire team management is on the same page", he declared.

Shastri added, "For us, an opposition is an opposition".

Meanwhile, Indian coach Ravi Shastri had showed belief in players. It is these 22 yards that we have to try and conquer. He expressed displeasure to the repeated reference of the 2014 tour.

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