Agencies, Cape Town
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is extremely optimistic about the upcoming 2018 Freedom Series against South Africa and feels that the present Indian team has the required skill set to perform well in any country.
The 29-year-old in a press conference said, “We are looking forward to this period of playing away from home. We feel we have the skill set to do well in any place in the world. Now is our opportunity because of the average age of the group and the amount of cricket we are going to play together,” reported Espncricinfo.
“We know exactly what we need to do if we need to bounce back, how we need to do it or if we want to create chances, how we need to create them”, he added.
Talking about the Indian team not being used to playing on bouncy pitches, the captain said that the team has accepted the fact that the wicket will hold many surprises for the Indian players and the key is to believe in their abilities and take the bowlers head-on.
“The most important thing is not to get surprised by the pace and bounce. We have convinced ourselves that it’s going to be much quicker and much bouncier than back home and you are going to get balls that may surprise you every now and then. The most important thing is to put it in the past, put it behind you and focus on the next ball.
That’s something that we did last time as well,” the feisty batsman said.“You can’t afford to think there are too much pace and bounce. You rather take it on, believe in your abilities and take it head-on.
That’s key to playing conditions that are different from your own,” he concluded.The India-South Africa series will include three Test matches, six one-day internationals and three T20Is.
The series is not just De Villiers and Virat
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli simply does not understand the fact that why is the Indo-South Africa series always billed as a battle between him and AB de Villiers. Mockingly he said “It’s not like only two guys are playing in this series”.
Kohli said that he has the highest regards for his Royal Challengers Bengaluru teammate, “AB is a great friend of mine”. Virat says he admires the game of Villiers when asked about his duel with the premier Proteas batsman.
Kohli,reminded to his teammates that merely getting De Villiers out won’t ensure a Test match victory for India.He further quoted that like we want AB to be out,the opposition wants to get me out or Pujara or Rahane.
The Indian Captain and Skipper said that team India is hungry to do well against a quality opposition.”Right now, the hunger we have in the group, everyone wants an opportunity to outdo their performance and that’s very exciting.
Captain summed up saying that whichever team plays well together for a longer period of time, will has a better chance of winning the series.