Virat Kohli ©  IANS
Virat Kohli was talking with the media after the practice session at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Saturday © IANS

Hyderabad: Nov 8, 2014

After two resounding victories, India will be “ruthless” when they meet Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match cricket series here on Sunday. Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said they will be ruthless and try to win every game they play. “What we are trying to achieve is being ruthless rather than letting the situations be. In the past it happened a lot when we had got eight wickets then let the last two players get away with it,” he told reporters after the practice session at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

“If you want to be ruthless, want to have big and convincing wins it is important to address the issues that happen in resounding win as well,” he said when asked if the team is looking to work on weak areas. That’s the kind of hunger and vision that we are trying to instil in this team going into the 2015 World Cup so that every game we play we want to be ruthless, we want to win by big margin,” he added.

Kohli said the team is treating every match like a knock-out game and looking to win every one of them. “Not really thinking about being 2-0 up. This is about one game at a time. Looking to execute the plan we make before every game. That’s the kind of mindset we want to build before going into the World Cup,” said the middle-order batsman.

“It doesn’t really matter what the other team is feeling like and what their strengths and weaknesses are,” Kohli said when asked about the statements made by some Sri Lankan players that they were not prepared for the series. We want to more focussed on what we want to do rather than who we are playing against. We are taking this series and the tri-series [involving Australia and England] to test ourselves and create targets for ourselves rather than worrying about the opposition” he added.

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