New Delhi: Team India captain Virat Kohli started the third tour of England on Thursday as India’s most successful Test captain. The World Test Championship will be played against New Zealand on 18 June. India is being considered as a contender for this championship and everyone has high hopes from Virat Kohli.
Kohli’s performance in England
Virat Kohli’s first tour of England in 2014 was very bad and he was seen faltering in front of swing bowling. Kohli scored only 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.4 on the 2014 tour of England. Four years later, he returned as a successful batsman, scoring 593 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.3 in bilateral series.
Let us tell you that 32-year-old Kohli has captained India in 60 Test matches so far, in which India has won 36. He is the Indian captain to have won the most Test matches.
Team India is ready to win in England
Kohli said that although India lost the 2018 series 1-4, they never got out of the match.
Before leaving for England, Kohli said in a conversation with the Indian media, ‘First of all I am four years older. That’s one difference. But other than that I don’t think the mindset has changed at all. The mindset was always to go out there and perform for my team. I got the chance to lead in 2018 and unlike the kind of acceptance I got from outside, we understand the kind of cricket we played there.
He said, ‘We have never been out of a match except for the Test at Lord’s. So, I see it only as an evolution of my position in the team. 2018 was the beginning for us to really go out there and perform away from home. We did it long before Australia (2018-19 series win).
Ravi Shastri spoke on Kohli’s 2014 tour
Coach Ravi Shastri said that Kohli has improved since the 2014 tour and has gained in experience.
Shastri told the media, ‘The Kohli of 2014 is now slimmer and fitter. He is the captain of the team and the most successful captain of India.