Ahead of their tour in England, captain Kohli admitted the spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will have a big part to play in the series if they are to come out on top.
The skipper made it clear that he is available for the first T20 against Ireland in Dublin, June 27. South Africa won the test series 2-1 and India won the one-day internationals 5-1 this year. "Neck is fine", he was quoted as saying by Sport24.
Virat Kohli declared himself "110 percent fit" after neck injury forced him to drop a stint with Surrey, where he wanted to face swing in damp conditions. I don't understand why the best bowlers don't play. Cheteshwar Pujara struggled in his brief County stint in swinging conditions.
India will take on an England side high on confidence after the hosts smashed their own ODI record score by amassing 481 in the one-sided series against Australia. "We have patience and the focus is on how to win matches", Virat Kohli said while addressing the media.
The visitors, now the top-ranked test team, will then face England in three T20s and three ODIs before playing a five-test series. If the pitch is flat, they literally have no way out, unless you have wrist spinners in your side, who can do the job in the middle overs.
The former skipper feels India have the best spinners in the world, adding, playing in the second half of the summer in England would help the visitors.
"You have a certain ability but if you are fit then you can enhance it". Ravi Shastri said, "Every series is important for us, there is no way out". I am sure with our bowlers in the middle overs, when it is a full 50 overs game, you cannot go that hard for 20 overs from two bowlers in a row when you know they can get you out. Someone like Jasprit Bumrah was bowling at 144 kmph in his last spell of the third Test (in South Africa) and that's where the fitness comes in. That's why we emphasise on YoYo test.
"I wanted to experience the conditions in England, but in hindsight, I'm glad I didn't go there while I wasn't fully fit", he said. "The philosophy is simple: you pass, you play. The entire team management is on the same page on this".
Shastri added, "For us, an opposition is an opposition". We stick to our basics to try to improve on that. He expressed displeasure to the repeated reference of the 2014 tour. Our aim is to strive for consistency.
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