We will play fearless cricket and have nothing to lose: Virat Kohli
He also hinted at trying a lot of players during the T20I and ODI series.
Updated - Jul 3, 2018 4:31 pm
The much-awaited series between India and England is all set to commence as both the teams will lock horns in the first of the three-match T20I series. The hosts are in amazing form as they recently thrashed Australia at home and are hoping to play a similar brand of cricket against the Indian team. However, the visiting skipper Virat Kohli has asserted that they are also ready for the stern challenge and will be fearless while facing England.
Last time these two sides met back in India, it was a high-scoring series and was closely fought. Though the Men in Blue have always struggled in these conditions and England would love to pounce on their weakness in the upcoming matches. It will also be interesting to see if the pitches will be same as they were in the recent series against the Aussies with India having a similar firepower in their batting line-up.
We have an opportunity to beat them
Virat Kohli, while speaking to the reporters ahead of the first game, felt that they have a great chance to beat England in their own conditions. He also stressed that the group is excited about the challenge and is not at all under pressure.
“Playing against a good team in their conditions and at their home, to get the opportunity to be able to beat them in their home conditions, it is a point of excitement for us and not pressure. When they came to India last time, we won the series and the trophy is with us, and now they are on home soil and they need to play well to win it back. We will play fearless cricket and literally we have nothing to lose,” he said.
Kohli is also aware that the ODI series will give them a chance to reflect on their skills ahead of the mega event next year in the same country. The 29-year-old also hinted that they will try a lot of players in the shorter formats on this tour.
“Looking at the World Cup, we will try a lot of players in the shorter formats. In the ODIs the middle order is something that we have been looking for and we have a few things that we want to try out and address there as well,” Kohli added.