Virat Kohli is unimpressed by the prospect that New Zealand will have more time to acclimatise to the English conditions in the run-up to the World Test Championship Finals. The Indian skipper believes that before the ICC flagship event it will be much more important how the team mentally approaches the situation.
India will spend a little over two weeks in England ahead of the WTC finals in Southampton on June 18th. On the other hand, New Zealand would be in England a little over a month by the date of the final, with the Blackcaps currently playing a two-test series against England.
Many believe the New Zealand schedule is working, but Virat Kohli spoke to the media about how he isn’t too concerned about the situation.
“Look in the past that we ended up in seats three days ago, even on a proper schedule, and had a hell of a series and a competition. So, I guess it’s all in the head. This is how you see the situation at the moment, ”said Virat Kohli.
Whether for ICC events like the 2019 World Cup or bilateral series like the 2018 matches, the current group of Indian cricketers has played in England several times over the years.
Virat Kohli made a similar point on Wednesday, suggesting the Indian team are confident of advancing to the final. The Indian skipper also downplayed the obvious disadvantage, claiming the team was already aware of the conditions that will be faced in England.
“It’s not the first time we’ve played in England. We all know the conditions. Even if you are used to the conditions, if you don’t step onto the field in the right mood, you will nod the first ball or you will find it difficult to pick wickets. I think the hunger and the desire to be there and play the final. We have no problem with four training sessions before the game because we are absolutely sure what we can do as a team, ”emphasized Virat Kohli.
We have all played in England before: Virat Kohli
The 32-year-old pointed out that most of the 20-man squad already had experience playing in English conditions, with either India A or the senior team.
“We have all played in England, be it with the Indian team or with India A for people like Mohammed Siraj. They all have had experiences with the conditions. That doesn’t bother us at all and we just want to arrive and take the chance, ”concludes Virat Kohli.
The Indian team will fly to the UK with their families and support staff on June 3rd. The travel contingent will arrive in London before moving to Southampton for the required quarantine period.