Virat Kohli © Viplove Kumar
Virat Kohli © Viplove Kumar

India had a successful limited-overs leg on their South Africa tour. They managed to win the last Test after putting up a tough fight in the first two. The Indian bowlers were able to bowl out the hosts in every innings of the three Tests. India are now set to take up a new challenge when they tour England. In the pre-tour press conference, Virat Kohli talked about how the team got fans to believe in them during South Africa tour while addressing the media.

“When we were playing the Test series in South Africa people really thought that we were outplayed. And then we won the third and the series that followed and then people really understood how we played in that series. We as a team internally knew that we had played well and that led to the success in T20Is and ODIs as well because we took the confidence into it.”

When Kohli was asked about teams not traveling well he revealed that India is looking forward to travel in other countries and do well. “The point you mentioned about teams not traveling well, I think we are one of the side who are looking forward to go into other countries. So I think that makes a massive difference.”

The compulsion of clearing the Yo-Yo test saw Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami‘s exclusion from the side. Commenting on the same Kohli backed the process and talked about taking hard calls for the team: “The mindset of someone like Jasprit Bumrah, who was bowling [at] 144 [kph] in the last spell of the third Test. And that’s where the point of fitness comes in. When you have people that are hungry, that are fit, that are ready you are not only competing you are winning.

“That’s the difference between getting emotional and letting go off the policy and holding on to it and taking the hard calls and moving ahead with the system. All those things are come together really nicely and I think we are looking forward to playing difficult cricket. It can be anywhere even in India. We feel that it is the only way we will be able to test ourselves as a team. It;s a very exciting time for all of us.”