Kohli reckons a series win in England would be a huge thing for Indian cricket.
The five-match Test series between England and India is less than 48 hours away from getting underway. The last time India toured United Kingdom, they lost the series 1-4 despite playing their best cricket in the country in over a decade. Certainly, the Virat Kohli-led side will have its eyes set on winning the series this time around. The team has improved its performance away from home and winning in England will be a huge achievement for them.
Kohli, the skipper, has been led the side superbly in the longest format since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni. His aim was to make the team number one and win everywhere in the world. While the former has been achieved, team India has won the Test series twice in Australia. But apart from odd Test wins in England and South Africa, they haven’t won the series.
Clearly, Virat Kohli would love to help the team win the series in the UK this time around but what does it mean personally to him? Absolutely nothing. “For me personally, it (winning in England) means nothing more than winning a Test match or series anywhere in the world. As I said, for me, these things are not anecdotes in my career or milestones in my career,” Kohli said while speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Test series.
We stop onto the field to win every Test match, says Virat Kohli
However, Virat Kohli didn’t deny that winning a Test series in England will matter a lot to the team. India last trumped England in their own backyard in the longest format back in 2007 under Rahul Dravid‘s leadership. It will certainly be another feather in the cap of a team which has been doing wonders away from home in last four to five years.
“We step onto the field and we compete and we are looking to win every Test match. That’s what matters more to me because that’s a culture. These are results. For Indian cricket, yes it (winning a series in England) will be a huge thing. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. But this culture is more dear to me and I will do everything in my ability, even if you lose a Test match, I want us to go for the win,” he added.
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