After the much-needed break from International cricket, team India is set to travel to Sri Lanka for their next assignment. Captain Virat Kohli was at the press conference before they leave for Island nation. Kohli was saying that team is in fantastic shape and mindset of the team is also very positive. He also recalled the memories of their last visit in 2015. That was the first test series as full-time captain for Virat Kohli. India won the 3 match series 2-1. It was the first time that an Indian side has won a test series in Sri Lanka. Thus breaking the jinx in the process.
Virat Kohli feels that particular series once again boosted up their spirit of winning an overseas test. That win has also given a positive mindset to move ahead. He insisted on continuing the same under the same management of newly appointed coach Ravi Shastri.
Virat Kohli: Mindset plays a very important role
“That tour for us was a landmark tour because the players have matured from then on. It’s been 24 months since then, but that tour was the start of our belief system that we can win away from home,” Kohli said.
“We do have the side required to win away from home and we do have the culture that has been created for the team to win whatever Test matches or series that we play. The mindset was to try and win the series. Losing the first Test was a shock to us but the way we bounced back was only because of the team culture created at that stage,” Kohli added to his lines.
”We showed more belief in our abilities and that we could win from any situation and from then on you could see the results that we have had so far. The same mindset would apply now what we started back in 2015,” added Virat Kohli.
On added pressure
When asked about the pressure after what transpired in the last month or so. Virat Kohli says there is no pressure on him, what’s going to happen will happen. And he is not going to take any pressure of it.
”I don’t think there is added pressure as what has to happen will happen. This is something that I believe in. As a team, we aspire to achieve what we want to achieve. Every one of us has faced hardships in the past. Criticism and being criticised is nothing new to us and we understand that aspect of the sport as well. I certainly don’t take any added pressure,” he added.
On controversies and speculations
Kohli was the focal point of the rift between him and coach. He also has an important role in the appointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach. Both enjoy a very healthy relationship in each other’s company. Breaking silence on this he insisted he would want to avoid this and will continue to deliver for India.
“I only have the bat in hand and my job is to go out there and control what’s been done on the field. That’s something that I have focused on in the last couple of months and I continue to do so, a lot of speculation and things fly around those things are not in my control. I try to bring the best out of this team along with the management and try to perform to the best of my abilities which I believe,” Kohli concluded.