New Delhi: Indian men’s and women’s cricket squads has departed for UK in a charter flight on Thursday. Prior to this departure, Indian team captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri attended virtual meeting with press. However, due to the corona virus pandemic, this press conference held virtually.
In the pre-departure press conference, Indian captain Kohli decided to face every question with response that must have lifted the morale of the camp. He said the team’s focus is on playing better cricket than the opposition and the conditions do not matter to him and his men.
“Play better Test cricket. That is all. Conditions are the same for us as well as New Zealand.
“Australian conditions should have favoured Australians (but India won). It’s how you look at the situation. If you want us to board the flight from here, feeling like New Zealand’s got the edge, then there’s no point taking that flight.
“We are going to board that flight knowing that we are at equal terms. And whichever team performs well session by session, hour by hour is going to win that championship,” Kohli said.
“With the current structure and the kind of structure that you’re competing inside for a long period of time, it’s very difficult for the players to stay motivated and find the right kind of mental space,” Kohli added.
“You know just confined in one area and just doing the stuff, day in day out when you’re dealing with high pressure situations. So, this (two squads) will definitely become a norm for the future.”
The Indian team is going to spend three and a half months on the soil of England, where from June 18, the Indian team have to play against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. While the women’s team is also scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is against England after the Test match.