According to Ravi Shastri, coach of the Indian cricket team, the success of the last four years has completely changed the mindset of captain Virat Kohli, and in the upcoming Test series, he would like to show the British people why he is counted among the best batsmen of the world.
Kohli’s last England tour (2014) was very disappointing, where he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in five test matches at an average of 13.50.
Kohli is ready to face any challenge
In the forthcoming series, everyone’s eyes are on Kohli, because in the last four years he has emerged as one of the best batsmen in the world.
Shastri said to ESPNcricinfo, ‘Look at his (Kohli’s) record. I do not need to tell them how they have performed in the last four years. When you do this kind of performance, you get to the other level mentally. You are ready to deal with any challenge. ‘
Coach spoke – changed Virat, forgotten 4 year old failures
After 4 years, Kohli has changed
Shastri said, ‘Yes, when he came here four years ago, he did not perform well, but after four years he is one of the best in the world. He wants to show to the British public why he is the best player in the world.
Shastri said that he believes in playing aggressive cricket which is important for the top of the toughest tour like England. He said, ‘We have not come here to draw the game and increase the number. We play to win every match. If you lose in an attempt to win it will be a bad luck.We will be happy if we can win more than our losses. ‘
Focus on performing this time better
Shastri said, ‘We believe that we have the ability to become one of the best teams to tour. At the moment, there are no teams in the world who are doing well on tour. You can see what happened in South Africa in Sri Lanka. We know our scoreline in England before this tour (4-0 in 2011), and 3-1 in 2014, we want to do better. ‘
Pujara’s role is important
Shastri defended Cheteshwar Pujara, who is running out of form, and said that he has to play an important role in this Indian team. He said, ‘This is not a concern for me. He (Pujara) has to play his role. ‘
He said, ‘He knows about it, because the role of number three is very important. He is a very experienced player. He is an innings away from the big score. He needs to spend time on the crease. If he makes 60-70 runs, his mood will change completely. My job is to ensure that his thinking moves forward in this direction. ‘
This English cricketer wants to take inspiration from Kohli in the Test series
Rahul Third Opener
On Lokesh Rahul’s role, Shastri said that he can make surprising decisions in the Test series.He said, ‘Rahul has been selected as the third opener. Our batting order will always be flexible. The third opener can play anywhere in the top four. We will surprise you many times. ‘
Bowlers take 20 wickets
In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah, the edge of Indian aggression has diminished, but Shastri feels that the bowlers have the key to taking 20 wickets in the team.
He said, “We have a bowling attack that can take 20 wickets. You need to try other players. If Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar fit fully into the ODI series, the results are different. If both were completely fit, then my problems would increase in team selection. “