Virat Kohli throws the ball from the outfield during their tour cricket match against Cricket Australia XI in Sydney. (Source: AP)
Ahead of the four-match Test series between India and Australia, skipper Virat Kohli said that their side has what it takes to win Test matches away from home and that their focus is to perform consistently rather than playing one or two exciting matches. The Indian batsman added that they expect the hosts to play like they always had – with aggression.
Speaking in an interview for Macuarie Radio, Kohli said, “Looking at how much experience we have gained in the last four years since we have been here, and how the team has played, we definitely feel we have what it takes to win Test matches away from home and, hopefully, this time around, a full series.”
“We don’t want to have one or two exciting Tests, we want to be able to perform consistently and put in those hard yards every game that we play and not be satisfied at any stage. In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here,” added Kohli.
Ranked No. 1 Test side in the world, India face a side down in the dumps after the ball-tampering scandal which led to the suspension of Steve Smith and David Warner. Speaking on India’s overseas performances in the recent series, Kohli said that they have lost matches due to failure of handling difficult sessions. “I think it’s about handling difficult situations well because the easiest situations in Test cricket are not something you think about,” he said.