India's new captain across formats, Virat Kohli, made his intentions absolutely clear ahead of the first of three one-day internationals against England. "No games are trial games," he said.
PUNE: India's new captain across formats, Virat Kohli, made his intentions absolutely clear ahead of the first of three one-day internationals against England. "No games are trial games," he told the media at the Gahunje stadium on Saturday afternoon when asked about India's only ODI assignment before June's Champions Trophy in England.
"You go out there to win every game. We are treating these three games as knockout games in our heads because we need to prepare for the Champions Trophy. We need to be in the right frame of mind because the tournament is like that - very competitive and very quick."
Kohli also made it clear that the Indians would not be experimenting too much: "We will field the best XI and try to stick to it."
India coach Anil Kumble had earlier underlined the significance of this three-match series when he said that this was India's last ODI series before the big event. After this series, India will play England in three T20s from January 26 onwards.
Whether Kohli's team can walk the talk will soon be known. What makes this contest fascinating is the contrasting styles of the rivals. Unlike their football team, England's ODI team is not over-rated and can cause an upset or two. They are a smart bunch and not lacking in ability either.
Despite England's methodical approach and India's new-found confidence, both teams are expected to feel the heat.