Sri Lanka Vs India 2017: We Don’t See Any Series As A Launchpad: Virat Kohli
Team India was still adjusting to life under a new captain when it visited Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series a couple of years ago. The team was in a transition phase, reeling at number seven in Tests after yet another away defeat in Australia.
The comeback trail looked tougher than ever when Virat Kohli & Co. lost the first game of the series from a winning position. That defeat had certainly raised several doubts but all those premonitions soon evaporated when Virat Kohli & Co. made a brilliant comeback to win the Test series against Sri Lanka. The 2-1 series win was India’s first in the island nation after 22 years. The series showed the team’s indomitable character and it has now become its trademark.
Speaking ahead of the first Test starting on Wednesday (July 26), Kohli rightly said that the series in 2015 gave the team the belief that it can excel in all conditions and inculcated the right mindset needed for a winning culture.
“It is very different sitting here after two years from that particular series because that was very important for us in terms of coming together as a team and believing we can win series, not just games. That was the beginning of that mindset and we are able to build on that culture, mindset in the last couple of years,” he said in the pre-match conference on Tuesday (July 25)
Since the historic series in 2015, India has defeated South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, consolidating their position at the top of Test cricket. And while India are heavily tipped to have an easy ride against the seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, Kohli said that his side would not use the series as a launchpad and would only concentrate on playing consistent cricket.
I think we have built a very good base for us as a team. We don’t see any series as a launchpad, for us it is all about playing consistent cricket wherever we play and try to string in those performances because of which we are at the top of the rankings right now,” he added. We realise what needs to be done. We are humble in our preparation and willing to do the hard yards in every game we play.
India has enjoyed a good time in home conditions in the last season but their ride in the upcoming season is going to be a tough one with the tours of South Africa and England coming up. And while Kohli is under no illusion of the toughness of the task, he is confident the team can do well.
“Next phase of cricket for us is going to be challenging, something that we are looking forward to because we believe the kind of skills required to win away from our conditions,” he said.
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