Indian skipper Virat Kohli diminished the importance of winning a Test series in England and said that for him it means nothing more than winning a Test series anywhere in the world.
In the will close horns against the Joe Root-led five-match rubber, starting August 04 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
The former world number one Test team will try to ward off the disappointment of losing the final of the ICC World Cup against New Zealand, except to give their absolute best to the drought of a series victory in England to end.
India have won three Test series on English soil, the last of which was back in 2007 when Rahul Dravid’s men beat the home side 1-0.
Since then, the visitors have endured a 0-4 drop in 2011 and 1-3 and 1-4 defeats in 2014 and 2018.
India fought bravely during the last series but could not win the important moments in Edgbaston and Southampton.
Captain Virat Kohli, in front of the rubber tent, sits down with Dinesh Karthik for an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
Asked about the importance of winning a Test series in England, Kohli downplayed it by saying that he is more concerned with continuing the culture of winning at all costs, rather than the actual result.
‘For me personally, it means nothing more than winning a Test series all over the world. For me, these things are not anecdotes or milestones in my career. For Indian cricket it will be a big thing but this culture is more dear to me. I will do everything in my power, even if we lose with a Test match, I want us to win and not give up and save a Test match. It is not acceptable to me, “said Virat Kohli.
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A five-match Test series is the most difficult examination of a cricketer’s fitness, skills, mental strength and character.
And Virat Kohli repeats the same when he declares that it takes a relentless madness “and” pursuit of excellence “over a period of five Tests to ensure the team ends up on the winning map.
‘It takes relentless madness every day and striving for excellence during a series of five tests. To tell yourself that I want to do the hard work and that I want to get through tough tests every day. You have to be ready for that workload and that spiritual burden, ”Kohli said.
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The Indian captain, Virat Kohli, speaks exclusively to @DineshKarthik in an extensive interview and discuss what the English series means to him (much more!
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