Will play fearless cricket: Virat

Will play fearless cricket: Virat

Virat Kohli intends to put team before self during the two-month tour of England that begins in Manchester on Tuesday evening despite the intrigue that surrounds how the India captain will address one of the few gaps in an otherwise stellar CV.

England, especially after a disappointing 2015 World Cup, have been nearly unbeatable at home in the limited-overs format, but Virat Kohli believes his team is very much capable of stopping the England juggernaut.

He said: "When you play against sub-continent teams, it normally exposes sides like us and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing - different challenges to that we are normally used to". The Men in Blue will look to dominate the home team from the very first game.

Here we predicted a playing XI of the Indian team for the first T20I against England. "He grabbed his chances and it was lovely to watch him", the 29-year added.

"I don't think it's going to be a good or a bad distraction, it's there, the guys are passionate about keeping an eye on it but we'll still be firmly focused on the game".

"These games are important in our preparation for 2020 because it allows us time to play around with the balance of the side", said Morgan. From that point of view, I thought why can't we do it, why can't we go over and play in these conditions and get exposed to it?

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against England due to a fractured left thumb.

"It doesn't matter whether I get runs or don't get runs [he got 258 at an average of 129], what I want is the team to play well and the team to win".

"We are certainly going to try a lot of cricketers as well in the T20 matches, test their characters, test their skills and work out accordingly who will be the next lot to come in, especially to the limited overs format and from there on, they can build on it and play test cricket as well". "That is where the (batsmen's attacking) mindset changes", he said before the team left for the United Kingdom tour. "Takeaway from this tour obviously will be the way we play our cricket and the mindset and the attitude that we maintain for the length of the tour that we are here". Attitude will be key. No one can guarantee results but just wanting to win every ball, every session we play. "I think this season has broken that barrier to a great extent", Kohli said.

Morgan said the atmosphere improved following England's World Cup victory that day as Jos Buttler guided his side to victory with a stunning century.

Kohli is not all surprised with Buttler's recent success.

The club have since screamed to the top of the County Championship - "Who needed Virat Kohli with the bat when you have 20 year old Ryan Patel with the ball [?]" tweeted their chairman, Richard Thompson, recently - while the player is relaxed about missing out, given the ongoing heatwave negated the damp conditions he had hoped to face.

"I don't think it's a case of putting it aside when there are huge positives to take from the Australia series". I heard lot of people are keen to go and play and they should.

And while Eoin Morgan suggested that nothing is set in stone with regard to the batting order, claiming he remained "open-minded" about the combinations, he is unlikely to shift Buttler from an opening berth.

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