Was away from cricket for something more important, says Virat Kohli

Dean Simpson
December 28, 2017

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that his team is as excited to tour South Africa as they were in 2013, adding that the aim for the team was to try and do what they could not the last time around.

Kohli, who had missed India's ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka due to his much-celebrated wedding with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, will return to lead the team as skipper for the South Africa tour.

India will play three tests beginning on January 5 in Newlands, Cape Town.

"You need to play really good cricket for a very long period of time to win series and that is something that we are pretty excited about and we want to go out there and express ourselves".

"The team has been together for four to five years", he said. "We have done well in Australia and England". They also face South Africa in six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches. "That's the beauty about their profession - wanting challenges and embracing it and that's what we are looking for", Shastri said at the pre-departure media conference.

Emphasising that a team needs to play really good cricket for long period of time to win series overseas, Kohli said the hunger remains the same as it was in 2013 when the team last toured the country.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "It is important that the players don't take much pressure and enjoy this".

"Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition. We are on the right track". Conditions don't matter. I have no doubt in the ability of the team. "We want to do what we couldn't the last time around", he added.

Kohli agreed that they haven't played a lot outside sub- continent of late but the current crop is confident of a good show. I was out for something more important that will remain very special for both of us.

South Africa will be more than a challenge for the Indian team and Kohli is well aware of that fact.

When asked why India are not able to carry forward their formidable form at home overseas said that the conditions could be equally hard in India. Switching back to cricket was not hard at all.

Kohli, who was away from cricket from after the third Test match against Sri Lanka in December, said it is not hard to switch to cricket. "Cricket is in my blood", the Delhi batsman said.

"We have many days to get used to conditions there".

"I only played Test cricket once in South Africa but I was looking forward to it. (Cheteshwar) Pujara was as well, so was Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane). We will try and follow those procedures", he said.

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