Why is Kohli feeling confident ahead of India’s tour of England?

Rex Christensen
June 25, 2018

"I wanted to go and experience as this is the place where we haven't played so much as there's big gap of four years and you forget what conditions were when you played last time", Kohli said in a press conference ahead of team's departure for United Kingdom on Friday night.

Kohli declared himself "100 percent fit" after requiring rehabilitation for a neck injury suffered during the final stages of the Indian Premier League.

"I've had good practice and played 6-7 sessions in Mumbai".

He declared he felt fresh and raring to get back into action after the injury-enforced break. "I am at 110 percent and ready to go", Kohli said about his fitness.

He said he was "excited to get back to the field which is rare in times when we play so much cricket". Not just Kohli, team India will be heading to England on a confident note after a superb South Africa tour where they thrashed hosts in the limited over series.

India will play two T20Is with Ireland on 27th and 29th June before playing 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 5 Test matches against England. "I think a lot of people have held on to the last tour for too long". If the pitch is flat, they literally have no way out, unless you have wrist spinners in your side, who can do the job in the middle overs.

England batsmen are now dominating Australia in the ongoing five-match One Day International series and they have cruised to a 4-0 lead.

"You may have the skills but if you have fitness, you can enhance that ability".

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Shastri said the Yo-Yo fitness Test was an integral part of team selection, dismissing debate caused by Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu and Sanju Samson dropped after being selection because they failed the test.

Talking about Kohli, Ganguly expressed that he was happy that Kohli did not play county cricket before the much-anticipated series. That's why we emphasise on YoYo test.

"India's chances are bright but England are also in good form".

"Philosophy is simple - you pass you play, you fail, you fail".

Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri had addressed the media in a pre-departure press conference in New Delhi. "The entire team management is on the same page on this".

Benign pitches in the latter half of the British summer played a part in England amassing a world record 481 in Trent Bridge, which has set the cricket world abuzz.

Shastri added, "For us, an opposition is an opposition".

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