If you have belief, you can score hundreds on a green pitch as well: Virat Kohli

If you have belief, you can score hundreds on a green pitch as well: Virat Kohli

"You focus on what you need to do. You need to have total belief in your own ability," said the Indian captain.

Virat Kohli & Joe Root
England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli hold the series trophy. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

While the whole talk has been about Virat Kohli and 2014 vs 2018 the Indian skipper isn’t bothered by it. A lot of experts have got down to explain what he did wrong then, what he is doing at the moment, what the English pacers should be doing to get him early trying to analyse all the angles available. Kohli, however, isn’t bothered about it and wants to go into the series in the right mindset.

The first of the five matches get underway at Edgbaston in Birmingham. On the eve of the game, the Indian captain while interacting with the media said that he wants to keep his mindset in place and not bother about proving himself. Kohli said that he has prepared for the tour getting his headspace in place as he thinks that is what determines a player’s performance.

It is all about belief

“It boils down to belief. Even on a flat pitch in India, you might not believe and get out. I am pretty confident of my own capabilities,” he said.

“You focus on what you need to do. You need to have total belief in your own ability. We need to keep working hard on that. It all boils down to belief. If you have belief, you can score hundreds on a green pitch as well. In the last three years, I have been pretty comfortable with my headspace,” the No.2 ranked Test batsman stated.

India underdogs?

Will the Indian team start as underdogs in the series given England are expected to do well at home Kohli dismissed it. “You need professionalism more than feeling like an underdog or starting the series as favourites.”

“Back in the day when I did not know these things, they used to bother me. I genuinely do not read anything now,” he further mentioned.

“I had no idea what was going on after the first two Tests in South Africa. When I walk out to bat, I have the the bat in hand. I have to be focused on what I need to do. I did not think I would be sitting here 10 years ago. Not in the frame of mind to prove anything to anybody,” Kohli added.

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