Mumbai: Indian captain Virat Kohli is not worried about his team’s limited preparation for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand as he believes his experience of playing in England in the past gives him the necessary understanding of the situation. .
This World Cup of Test will be played between New Zealand and Team India in Southampton on 18 June. New Zealand’s team is currently playing a two-Test series against England on their soil, while India will have to undergo isolation after reaching Britain and will have to stay in the hotel for three days.
Virat Kohli spoke on World Test Championship
Virat Kohli said in the press conference before the team’s departure, ‘Look in the past we have reached the host country only three days ago despite the full schedule being ready and despite this there was a great series and we presented tough competition. That’s why all these things happen in the mind.
Kohli stressed that it is a matter of mentality.
He said, ‘It is not that we are playing in England for the first time, we all know how the conditions are here. And even if the conditions are accustomed to any kind of conditions, but if you don’t take to the field with the right mindset, you can get out on the very first ball or you may find it difficult to get wickets.
Lack of practice in England not a cause for concern: Kohli
Kohli said that even if his team gets only four practice sessions, then he has no problem.
The star batsman said, ‘We have no problem even in the four practice sessions before the match because we are absolutely sure of what we can do as a team and we have all played in England’.
“Whether it is with the Indian team or India A, for players like Mohammad Siraj, so we are not bothered about it and we just want to take advantage of the opportunity by getting on the field,” he said.
Ravi Shastri’s statement
Coach Ravi Shastri said that the current schedule and isolation have made the work of the players difficult. He said, ‘It is not only about the World Championship but playing five Tests in this environment in six weeks which is not a joke’.
He said, ‘Even the fittest players will need a break. Can’t ignore the mental aspect’.
The fight will start from June 18
The World Test Championship final against New Zealand will be played in Southampton on June 18 while the series against England will start in Nottingham from August 4. The second Test will be played at Lord’s from 12 to 16 August, the third at Leeds from 25 to 29 August, the fourth at The Oval from 2 to 6 September and the fifth at Manchester from 10 to 14 September.