The Indian Cricket team sans MS Dhoni has left for Australia for a long tour which includes a four match test series against the hosts followed by a Triangular ODI series involving England and the 2015 World Cup. Skipper Virat Kohli, alongside team director Ravi Shastri answered the media before their departure.

Kohli said that the players are concentrating only on cricket and are working hard for success in the tour. He also added that the on-field Mudgal Committee’s IPL Spot-Fixing Saga won’t distract the team in the tour. He also expressed confidence on doing well in the test series and the players are fully focussed on the series.

“There is no place for negativity. Our immediate focus will be on the Test series. I can assure you that we haven’t been distracted by what has happened away from the field. When we went to Australia last time in 2011, it was a strong change for me. I hadn’t witnessed such hostile environment before. My takeaway from that tour was that we always need to be positive. That is what I’ll take forward this time. My experience will help me. We have a good chance of beating Australia in their home-ground. We’ve done it before. I don’t see why we can’t do it again.” Kohli said.

On the selection of six pacers, Kohli said that “When you have four bowlers who can bowl 140 plus, it is a huge advantage and that’s a blessing for any captain.”

On Glenn McGrath’s predictions, director Ravi Shastri  said “We will see. But McGrath needs to realise he isn’t going to bowl. Kohli might be leading in a Test for the first time, but let me assure you once he is on the field, it would like he has led India in 25 Test matches already.”

Kohli will lead India in the first Test in Brisbane which begins on December 4. MS Dhoni misses out of the first test due to an injury. It has been reported that “Fletcher’s wife is unwell and he had informed the board that he will join the squad directly in Australia.”