Indian Vice-Captain Virat Kohli said India’s tour of England 2014 will be about building a strong young team and not washing away the memories of the dreadful 2011 tour. Kohli said that India’s focus will be to do well in the series and build a quality Test side. India have not done too well against England in their recent Test encounters. They lost the 2012-13 home series by a 1-2 margin and prior to that suffered a humiliating 0-4 whitewash in the summer of 2011.

 

Kohli also described England as ‘one of the toughest venues for subcontinental teams’ but said they are focused on putting up a strong performance in the five-match Test series to start the transition of the young Indian team to a good quality side. The first Test between England and India begins on Wednesday in Nottingham, as both teams started their preparations on July 7, 2014, at Trent Bridge.

 

“This tour is right up there with South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I would say these are the four places where sub-continental players do want to perform well. I too have that in my mind. It is a pretty special place to play cricket and I’ll be playing a Test at Lord’s for the first time. So all in all, it is a very exciting tour for me personally because I have never played Test cricket here before and I am really looking forward to it. I have some goals I want to achieve, and I have been thinking about them. I am pretty excited about playing here.” said Kohli.