Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Virat Kohli fastest to 2000 T20I runs

Virat Kohli fastest to 2000 T20I runs

India will look to start the English summer tour keeping 2019 World Cup in mind as it will be played in England as well. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training.

While India has been a consistent limited overs side over the past 6-7 years, England has of late lifted their game in coloured clothes by miles, thanks to a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes. England has several stars in their squad and so does India. He continues to be one of the best Test batsmen for India, especially when playing overseas but his failure in the shorter formats of the game and the emergence of players like KL Rahul have led to his exclusion from both the formats of the game. And the point was that we haven't played in those wet and damp conditions ever as a team. England are on a high after humiliatingly whitewashing the Aussies in the ODI series and then convincingly beating them in the one-off T20I match. "That's always my mindset for the time I have been captain; the team to play well and contribute as much as I can".

Two weeks ago when he left India, Kohli wanted to take a walk on the streets and enjoy a coffee. That's why those results followed after (in the ODI and the T20I series, both of which India won comfortably). We want to play competitive cricket.

"Obviously you want to perform as an individual but I haven't set any benchmarks or targets and come here to do certain things which have to be special just because the last tour here I came on didn't go well".

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England's frailties against spin were ruthless exposed once more as Kuldeep Yadav tore through their middle-order before KL Rahul's blistering unbeaten 101 from 54 balls took India to a thumping eight-wicket win in the first T20I.

"We have actually been able to create flat wickets into wicket-taking wickets with the variety we have in the attack", skipper Kohli had said, referring to his wrist-spinners before the team departed for the United Kingdom tour. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out. Thus, the Indian team will like to tick the right boxes.

India present a much stiffer test than a weakened Australia.

Catch all the action from the 1st T20I of India's Tour of England from Old Trafford in Manchester, on Tuesday 3rd July, 10:00 PM IST, 4:30 PM GMT. KL Rahul has to miss out unfortunately to accommodate Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Defeating Ireland 2-0 would have certainly boost India's confidence and the players would have somewhat got acclimatized to the English conditions as well. "We have nothing to lose and we just want to improve as a team". "Next phase is going to be very important for us, but that's quite far away".

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