Indian skipper Virat Kohli is firm in his belief that his troops are better equipped to handle adversity this time around than their previous tour of England, having learnt to seize troubling moments in the interim. The captain opined that the influx of youngsters had optimized the squad’s strength and India were now confident of having a troubleshooter for any given crisis.
“It is all about understanding when things are not going your way, how to control the damage and that is what Test cricket is all about and you have to go through the situations and eventually capitalise when things turn your way,” Kohli said ahead of the series opener at Trent Bridge.
“Because you are not gonna have all the sessions going your way. So when the situation doesn’t favour you as a team… that is one area we need to improve and in Test matches we have done that well, we have ended up winning. We know exactly what to do. Now it is all about execution in those difficult moments.”
Interestingly, Kohli diverged from the recent trend of announcing the playing eleven in the pre-match presser on the eve of the Test.
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