Virat Kohli wants Team India to embrace local culture in South Africa

first_imgIndia will leave for South Africa today (December 27) to play a series of three Tests, six ODIs and 3 T20Is starting January 5.Updates from Virat Kohli’s press conference:18.33 IST: Ravi Shastri also said, “We are all looking forward to the South Africa tour. It is going to be a challenge. We all know how tough it is to tour South Africa but that’s the beauty about their profession. Wanting challenges and embracing it. That’s what we are looking for.”18.28 IST: He’s very exciting, he’s shown how good he is in the limited-overs formats. What he’s also shown that he’s a quick learner. He’s run through oppositions in domestic cricket. His confidence level is high and it is a good time to get him in,” Ravi Shastri said on Jasprit Bumrah18.24 IST: I’m really happy for the boys that they will be able to walk around without being hassled. I think we need to connect with normal life. We are on the right track, all we need to do is not focus on it too much. The cricket will take of care of itself automatically: Virat Kohli18.23 IST: It all depends on the kind of mindset. Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition. You have to embrace the local culture to be able to do well there. The excitement is very important to be able to do well: Virat KohliWe are not going out there to prove something to someone, we are just going out there to play cricket and give 100% for the country: Virat Kohli #INDvSA ANI (@ANI) December 27, 201718.22 IST: “Playing cricket for the country is the most prestigious thing. If you win any game of cricket and win, you feel good. Our job is to give out 100 per cent. We are going out there to play cricket, it does not matter where we play,” Virat Kohli said.18.19 IST: “The conditions will be testing but these one-and-a-half years will define Indian cricket,” says coach Ravi Shastri18.18 IST: “I was away for something which was more important. Getting back to the professional front won’t be difficult at all,” says Virat Kohli#WATCH Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri address the media in Mumbai before the team leaves on South Africa tour ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017Brief Preview: India signed 2017 off with a spectacular 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, bringing to an end a dominant calendar year where they won 37 international matches, second only to Australia’s record of 38 such wins 14 years ago.In the course of these 12 months, India won limited-overs series against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Test series triumphs against Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka ensured India remained on top of the ICC rankings.However, the real challenge for Virat Kohli’s India will come in the New Year in South Africa. India play their first Test in Cape Town from January 5 and the world’s top-ranked Test team will be expected to replicate their home season form in a country where they have never won a Test series.However, coach Ravi Shastri sees that as an opportunity and he is backing his men to do what they have done right through their successful home season. India have respected their opposition, there has been no loose talk from any of their players but their body language showed they were out there on the park to win.Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said India would go to South Africa with the same mentality. The coach lauded the team for its self-belief and said each player believed he could do well in South Africa against some of the best players in world cricket.”For us, all opposition is the same, all opposition has to be respected, every game is a home game and as it turns out next month is in South Africa,” Shastri told India Today. “Now where South Africa is different is that we have never won a series in South Africa and therein lies a massive opportunity for the team to do something special.”The belief is there and we will treat South Africa like we have treated every other opposition. There will be respect but we will go there to play to win.”While India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that the team has performed well despite few hiccups and are ready for stiffer challenges against the Proteas.”Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we’ve had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. You have to go and get the win,” said The Hitman.advertisementlast_img

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