Want to win every ball, every session: Kohli

Elena Summers
July 4, 2018

If you have a target in mind or a target in front of you, then you play according to that. "Obviously in T20 cricket, the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there's no one team that has the advantage".

England, on the other hand, will head to the series on the back of a 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Roy, Jonny Bairstow in good form. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training. But Virat Kohli and co. will be wary of the challenges that the current English side brings to the table and know that their real test as a unit is about to begin. After six overs, India had the same number of runs, 53, as England.

"Looking at the World Cup, we're going to be trying a lot of players in the shorter formats". It is a great time to play cricket there.

Two weeks ago when he left India, Kohli wanted to take a walk on the streets and enjoy a coffee.

Team India will start their tour of England with a T20I encounter at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

Kohli is clear that India need to replicate the mindset and game they displayed on a tough tour of South Africa where they bounced back to win the final Test even though they lost the series 2-1. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored two half-centuries and a century in the ODIs against Australia and a 30-ball 60 in the one-off T20I as recently as June 27.

"What I want is the team to play well and the team to win".

David Willey had got off the mark with a six first ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the 17th over - which cost 20 runs - and England's number eight hit an unbeaten 29 from just 15 balls. "Even when we came here for the Champions Trophy that was the first question that was asked and my reply was I am just looking forward to having a good time here", he said. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

Meanwhile, Indian off-spinner Washington Sundar is also unavailable for both the T20I and ODI series against England after he sustained ankle injury while playing football during the team practice session.

Moeen Ali, one of our own, has found his form as he ended up with 12 wickets in the 5 match ODI series against Australia and picked up 4 wickets in as many overs in the lone T20I against the same side. Although Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni pick themselves, the rest of the top six remains undecided.

The tussle for middle-order spots continue and the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey may miss out to accommodate KL Rahul, who smashed a quickfire 70 in Dublin last week after opening the innings.

However, Buttler continued to play confidence and swagger - a switch-hit for four off Yuzvendra Chahal being the most eye-catching of his strokes.

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