Indian skipper Virat Kohli has played down the importance of winning a Test series in England, stating that for him, it’s means nothing more than winning a Test series anywhere in the world.
India will lock horns against the Joe Root-led five-match rubber, starting at Trent Bridge, Nottingham from August 04.
The former No.1 ranked Test side in the world will be looking to shrug off the disappointment of losing the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand besides giving their absolute best to end the drought of a series win in England.
India have won three-Test series on English soil, the last of which way back in 2007 when Rahul Dravid’s men best the home side 1-0.
Since then, the visitors have endured a 0-4 drubbing in 2011 and 1-3 and 1-4 defeats in 2014 and 2018.
India fought valiantly during the last series but failed to win the crucial moments in Edgbaston and Southampton.
Ahead of the marquee rubber, captain Virat Kohli sat down with Dinesh Karthik for an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
When asked about the importance of winning a Test series in England, Kohli downplayed it by stating that he is more concerned about continuing with the culture of going for a win at all costs rather than the actual result.
“For me, personally it means nothing more than winning a Test series anywhere in the world. For me, these things are not anecdotes or milestones in my career. For Indian cricket, it will be a huge thing but this culture is more dear to me. I will do everything in my ability, even if we lose with Test match, I want us to go for the win and not surrender and save a Test match. For me, that is not acceptable,” said Virat Kohli.
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A five-match Test series is the toughest examination of a cricketer’s fitness, skills, mental strength and character.
And, Virat Kohli echoed the same when he stated that it takes “relentless madness” and “pursuit of excellence” over a period of five Tests to ensure that the team ends on the winning note.
“It takes relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day over a series of five Tests. To tell yourself that I want to do the hard work and I want to get in situations which are tough in every Test match every day. You have to be ready for that workload and that mental load,” said Kohli.
Watch the video here-
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India captain Virat Kohli speaks exclusively to @DineshKarthik in a wide-ranging interview, discussing what the England series means to him ( much more!
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 2, 2021