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India vs England: Want to play fearless cricket, we don’t have much to lose, says Virat Kohli

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With India ready to face England in the first T20I on Tuesday, skipper Virat Kohliaddressed a press conference in which he said he would want his side to play fearless cricket. India, who recently won the two-match T20I series against Ireland, will be travelling to England for a three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test match series. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kohli stressed that the pressure will be on England to perform.

“We all are feeling relaxed and having a good time. We want to play competitive cricket against England. It is pleasurable to beat a good team in their own conditions. England visited India back during the 2016-17 tour, and we won the trophy at that time. England would want to win it back in their home. We are going to play fearless cricket. We have nothing to lose and we just want to improve as a team,” the right-hand batsman said.

Speaking about the England side, Kohli praised Jos Buttler, who displayed his form in the limited overs in the series against Australia last month.

“I am not surprised how Jos (Buttler) has performed. He got more opportunities this time to play, coming up at top of the order and he showed off his skill set. He grabbed his chances and it was lovely to watch him,” the 29-year old said.

 

Kohli further went on to credit IPL for helping Buttler in gaining more confidence and said that it will make the series more interesting against the opposition. “Chris (Woakes) and Moeen (Ali) also played in the IPL this year. It will make the tour more interesting, as the players share good relations with each other now. Earlier, England players used to get a little experience in IPL. But after this season, we know each other better.  I am glad that the rigid mindset was kept on the side and players were allowed to come and it did great for them, it will take the standard of the game up in the tour,” Kohli said.

Speaking about the tough conditions in England, Kohli said that the skies look rather clear which will suit his team. “The skies look clear. We have not played much in wet and damp conditions. But it looks different this time. Speaking to some of the players, who played county cricket – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, they had a great time, and learnt a lot, which will help us,” he said.

Kohli further addressed speculations regarding the change in the batting order and said that the team will be more flexible in their approach. “Well, we certainly are going to be more flexible. We want everyone to have a go. We will throw in a few surprises here and there. In T20Is, because it is not such a long innings, we can afford to do that,” he said.

“At the start of any tour, we are as excited as the opposition. Especially, when you are playing a tough side such as England, it is a chance to test yourself. It gives an opportunity to test fringe players. We are going to try a few players, we want to test their skills, especially in limited over crickets,” he said.

On talking about key takeaways from the long England tour, he said, “The focus obviously will be on the way we play our cricket and the attitude we carry on throughout the tour. Of course, no one can guarantee results. But if we can carry on the winning mentality, I will be really proud as a captain,” he said.

“We did the same in South Africa and we managed to bounce back after losing two matches. If we can carry on the winning mentality in England, we will learn from it. There are a few things we want to try out in ODIs as well on the tour, and hence the next phase is really important before going for the World Cup,” Kohli said.

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India has nothing to lose? India is one of the top teams in this world. If you don't win, you will be called out for it.

Kohli is dumb as a button. Great batsman, but really really dumb. Top of that, you got bewda with him. I don't think IQ level of the coach-kaptaan combo has been that low through out the history. 

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2 minutes ago, Forever Indian said:

Nothing to lose? I thought we were the no. 1 team. From when did this minnow mentality crop up?

Last year during the CT too he said something like aggressive brand of cricket is not how India plays or something like that.I feel he tries to play it safe very defensive approach by him.

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8 minutes ago, wanted_desi said:

India has nothing to lose? India is one of the top teams in this world. If you don't win, you will be called out for it.

Kohli is dumb as a button. Great batsman, but really really dumb. Top of that, you got bewda with him. I don't think IQ level of the coach-kaptaan combo has been that low through out the history. 

Dhoni and Duncan were dumb and dumber when we toured overseas those two were the worst.On the other hand less said about the current captain and coach the better it is.

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3 minutes ago, UrmiSinhaRay said:

Gary Kirsten was best coach.

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I rate John very highly the likes of Sehwag,Yuvraj,Kaif to an extent Zak and Nehra developed under him.Before that we had the likes of Gaekwad , Madan Lal and Kapil Dev who were useless.

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1 minute ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

and under him we didnt have to go to Eng n Aus , n Nz was not as good at that time

Also all players were at  their peek

That's the thing if you look at his tenure when he started India played South Africa at home then were defeated 2-1 in Srilanka then a home series against Australia and England.Then we toured New Zealand in 2009 where we won his tenure had lots of home series on the other hand Fletcher had a much harder task his first year were tours of Westindies,England or Australia.Frankly speaking Fletcher was a stupid selection the guy failed with England and was already 62.

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2 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

He said nothing wrong. we were #1 even in 2011. Being #1 in rankings does not matter at all.  Just remember our last two tours here.

We had a clueless Dhoni leading us at that time who never really cared about doing well overseas.Test matches were boring for him and we were always told that its about the process and not the results.

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4 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

He said nothing wrong. we were #1 even in 2011. Being #1 in rankings does not matter at all.  Just remember our last two tours here.

Are you fine with his defensive mindset then?India are one of the top teams and by winning you make a name for yourself not by being defensive and meek.

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38 minutes ago, The Unrealist said:

Are you fine with his defensive mindset then?India are one of the top teams and by winning you make a name for yourself not by being defensive and meek.

That’s putting unnecessary pressure when boast that. Better to stay low key. Also Indian captain even in the past never considered test rankings much.

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Bringing his RCB mentality into this now. Fact is garbage RCB would be pretty much out half way into every tournament and Kohli is used to saying "we have nothing to lose" and now he brings it to indian cricket. Truth

 

That is exactly why you need more players with winning mentality and who have recently won a major title

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5 minutes ago, UnknownGenius said:

Bringing his RCB mentality into this now. Fact is garbage RCB would be pretty much out half way into every tournament and Kohli is used to saying "we have nothing to lose" and now he brings it to indian cricket. Truth

 

That is exactly why you need more players with winning mentality and who have recently won a major title

We should also include bosses with betting mentality and conflict of interest mentality with them so that they can look good :cantstop:.

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5 hours ago, wanted_desi said:

India has nothing to lose? India is one of the top teams in this world. If you don't win, you will be called out for it.

Kohli is dumb as a button. Great batsman, but really really dumb. Top of that, you got bewda with him. I don't think IQ level of the coach-kaptaan combo has been that low through out the history. 

Kohli is just regurtitating stuff which Mahi would say, a la padosis with their "poys played well".

 

Regarding England tour, just play simple cricket like the team did in 2002 and 2007. Kaunsa Mahabharat ka yudh ladne ja rahe hain yeh log?

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