Jason Roy will be entrusted to get England off to a flying start against India    Getty Images
Jason Roy will be entrusted to get England off to a flying start against India Getty Images

England opener Jason Roy will be one of the key figures in the limited-overs series against India, which begins from January 15. He was in excellent form in 2016 and will hope to carry that on into this year as well. During his tour to India, Roy in his blog on skysports.com wrote that he wishes to have a chat with Virat Kohli. He also wrote about his time at the Big Bash League (BBL) with the Sydney Sixers and shared his views on the Kolpak deal signed by Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw. Roy has played 32 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 16 T20 Internationals (T20I) since making his international debut in May 2015.

On Kohli, Roy wrote, Hopefully I’ll get a chance to chat to Virat Kohli in the coming weeks; it’s always good to speak to people who have done it at the top level and learning about the mentality behind performance. It’ll be the first time that I’ve played against him face to face so I’m looking forward to it – so long as he doesn’t get too many! He’s got one hell of a record and is the ideal man to replace MS Dhoni; he seems to have it all figured out and is fiercely proud of representing India.

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Roy also felt that the pitches in India will be much better than the ones in Bangladesh. The pitches in Bangladesh weren’t as good as the ones we expect to get here in India but we did pretty well there as a team so if we adopt the same mentality, enjoying our cricket as we go, we should crack on, the England opener wrote.

Roy, who scored 92 runs in 4 innings at a strike rate of 161.40 for the Sydney Sixers, says that his time in the BBL went by ridiculously fast. Australia is an incredible place and while it was a wrench to leave the Big Bash, playing for England is firmly at the forefront of my mind in what’s a huge year. My time with the Sydney Sixers went so fast it was ridiculous but I had a lot of fun with a great bunch of boys; they’re a really talented group and will hopefully go all the way, Roy wrote.

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The huge audience the tournament generates puts you under a lot of pressure, which is ideal in terms of learning how to perform in international cricket. Spending Christmas down under felt weird without the freezing cold weather; it was a scorcher on Christmas Day itself so a few of us, including Sam Billings, had a barbecue on the beach and a swim every now and then, he further wrote.

Roy praised Billings for stepping up in the ODI series against Bangladesh and has high expectations this year. Sam stepped up into the opening role at the end of the Bangladesh ODI series and he rightly has big expectations for this year as he’s a quality player, as he demonstrated in recent weeks for the Sixers. He’s got all the talent in the world so hopefully he gets the chance to show that on the field because that can only be good for England, wrote Roy, who scored 13 and 41 in the two ODI he played in Bangladesh.

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Finally, Roy opened up how difficult it must be for Abbott and Rossouw to walk away from South Africa, knowing they will never represent their nation again. I’d give up a lot of things to play for my country so I can’t imagine just how tough it’s been for Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw to pass up on South Africa selection by signing for Hampshire. They’ll both be a huge asset to county cricket; as Kolpak players they’ll strengthen the county game massively. Rossouw is a quality performer as is Abbott, who has already done well in county cricket in the past, Roy wrote.

They’ve had to make a hell of a choice but good for them for reaching a decision; if you’re not happy playing the game you love, you’ve got to do something about it. I wish them both the best of luck, he added.