South Africa Vs India: Virat Kohli believes ‘good cricket’ is a key to abroad series win
Team India skipper Virat Kohli alongside head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the press conference on Wednesday evening stated they are confident with the bunch of players who have shown the quality promise while reflecting on the team preparations.
“We want to go out there and express ourselves,” Kohli told reporters in Mumbai before flying to South Africa for the bilateral series.
The 29-year-old Kohli has been on song for India a batsman for scoring the bulk of runs and then as a leader, before seeing his national side topping the Test charts.
“Look, we as a team feeling very confident about where we stand in terms of the balance that the side has (and) the kind of cricket that we have been playing,” Kohli explained.
Kohli, who recently got married and returned to lead the team for South Africa tour revealed they haven’t featured in the abroad series in the recent past, but have fared well in the ICC Champions Trophy in June early this year. On his comeback after marriage, Kohli said:
“I was away for something which was much more important. Switching back to cricket was not difficult at all. Cricket is in my blood.”
On playing in alien conditions:
“Of course we haven’t played in the conditions apart from the Champions Trophy (Englan where we also did really very well,” Kohli added.
As India is yet to register a series win on South African soil, the batting mainstay Kohli hinted the chances are supposed to be created while remarking the quality sides have toured to the African continent including veterans of Indian cricket in the past.
“Every tour is a chance if you look at the teams that have gone to South Africa in the past; I mean you’re talking about some of the biggest names in the India cricket. So, it is not like that was not a chance,” Kohli said.
Earlier, Kohl-led routed Sri Lanka at home which read the scoreline of 9-0 in visitors favour, as the batting sensation believes the conditions were pretty similar to India while adding it is considered as the away tour.
“We haven’t played in conditions consistently outside of India, Sri Lanka was very much similar to our conditions, but it is an away tour,” Kohli added.
However, Kohli asserted the team is ready to take the challenge and are aiming to give their best in the impending bilateral series which will be beginning with the first Test in the Cape Town on January 5.
“We (are) talking about a whole different prospect here and which we understand as a team. We (are) looking forward to it,” Kohli further added.
In a bid to achieve the desired results on the foreign tours, Kohli admitted the fact the visiting side is supposed to play quality cricket for the longer run to register series win while stating they are thrilled to take the field in the African continent.
“You need to play really good cricket for a long period of time to win series in abroad and that’s something that we are pretty excited about,” Kohli maintained.
On the other side, Kohli reveals they are enjoying the support of each other, and the team is looking forward to yielding the desired results after a solid home run.
“The most important is that we are enjoying each other’s company and that’s exactly what we are looking to do,” Kohli concluded.
The top-order batsman is averaging over 52 across formats after featuring in 202 One-day Internationals followed by 63 Tests and 55 Twenty20 Internationals.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor