2017 ICC Champions Trophy: “It’s Not A Redemption Series For Me,” Says Virat Kohli
When last time Virat Kohli toured England with team India for five-match Test series in the year 2014, he went with high expectations, as everyone expected him to shine with flying colours.
But what happened next was something which no one expected. He could just manage to score 134 runs in 10 innings at a poor average of 13.40, which was disappointing to see, as Kohli was expected to star for the team but instead, he was found searching for his off-stump.
The now Indian skipper failed to adjust himself in the swinging conditions then and his batting was below par, a fact which can haunt him again this time in Champions Trophy.
Kohli is going back in England after a period of three years but this time, the expectations have increased due to the fact that he is the leader of the Indian team, the defending champions of ICC Champions Trophy.
The onus will be on Kohli to perform well with the bat and also to lead the team. Before going in the tournament, the questions regarding his form on the previous tour cropping up were natural and if the same thing happens again, then it can be the worst thing for the team.
Kohli though on being asked about his form in England said that he is not so fussy about it and conditions there will not matter him, as he said,
“You improve as a cricketer in every series you play. Sometimes it not in our head, the atmosphere bulit around you is like it becomes a death or life kind of series, especially for sub-continent players. If their players fail in sub-continent, then there is no hype about it and if we fail there, then its life hanging on your neck. I never believe in those things. I would never play for redemption. My only aim is to do well for my country and the conditions don’t matter to me. The only motivation is to win games for the country and conditions doesn’t matter when I am playing.”
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