Team India skipper Virat Kohli has said that his team will not be making the same mistake of thinking about qualifying for the World Test Championship final which cost them the Test series in New Zealand last year and would instead focus on winning one Test at a time in the four-match series against England.
India traveled to New Zealand for a two-match Test series early last year after having notched up 360 ICC WTC points following comprehensive victories in West Indies and against South Africa and Bangladesh on home soil.
However, Kohli s men got a reality check in New Zealand as they were swatted aside by the Kane Williamson-led unit 0-2. Kohli admitted that the discussion in team-meetings regarding the World Test championship added extra pressure on the players, which showed in their performances.
Virat added that following the disappointment, the team focussed on following the process in the recently-concluded Test series in Australia, which ultimately reflected in their eventual 2-1 triumph.
The Indian skipper reckoned that the team will look to follow the same approach in the Test series against England.
“New Zealand, we did discuss it (WTC final) a bit and that could have added extra pressure on us to do every thing so precisely. We ended up being under pressure a little bit. But from Australia onwards, it was all about following a good process, preparing well, going out there and just understanding the situation and making sure we play according to the situation,” said Virat Kohli during the virtual press-conferrence.
“In this Australia series, we didn’t speak of winning because of WTC. I think it is a by-product of your team doing well anyway. There’s no point adding extra pressure. For us it remains a game of cricket, one session at a time. One hour at a time. That is how success is achieved in the longest format of the game,” he said.
“So no point thinking about something that is still months. It is important to stay in the present and take one day at a time and move forward,” Virat Kohli added.
Meanwhile, India are at the No.1 spot in the points table but they will still need to ensure that they win the Test series against England by at least 2-0 or in the worst-case scenario by 2-1 to ensure that they make it to the summit clash against New Zealand in June.