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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Last Tour of Sri Lanka Made Us Believe That We Can Win in Any Condition, Says Virat Kohli

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 19, 2017, 8:01 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Last Tour of Sri Lanka Made Us Believe That We Can Win in Any Condition, Says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. (ANI)

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli has said that the Indian team will take inspiration from their tour of the Sri Lanka in 2015 and will go in with a positive frame of mind and try to win the series again, which starts on July 26.

Speaking to the press ahead of the team's departure to Sri Lanka, Kohli stressed that the Indian team has matured with time but it was against the Islanders in 2015 that the team really started to believe in themselves.

"It has been 24 months (since India's last tour of Sri Lanka) and players have matured from that but it was the start of the belief system that we can win in any conditions and we do have the side to win away from home. We have created a culture that we can win a Test of a series in any condition. The mindset was immediately to win the series and losing the first Test came as a shock to us but the way we bounced back was only because of the team culture that we had created," said Kohli.

"As you said that an away series is coming up and we will go with the same mindset which we built in 2015," Kohli added.

Meanwhile, head coach Ravi Shastri said that people like Anil Kumble and himself will come and got but it is the team which should get all the credit for becoming the number one ranked team in the world.

"I have matured from the last time I went to Sri Lanka and I have matured immensely in the last two weeks. I carry on from where I left. I don't come with any baggage. The team has done really well and more than anyone else, they deserve the credit. The credit should go to the team. If they are number 1 today, they deserve the credit. People like Shastri and Anil Kumble will come and go," said Shastri.

Kohli also said that his job is to get the best out the team on the field and he doesn't focus on what is being said about him off the field.

"I only have the bat in hand and my job is to go out there and control what is happening on the field. That is something that I have focused in the last couple of months and I will continue to do so. There are lot of speculations flying around and those are the things that are not in my control. So as I said, my job is to go out there and bring the best out of this team along with the management and perform to the best of our abilities," said the India captain.

I don't think there is added pressure as what has to happen will happen. This is something that I believe in. As a team we aspire to achieve what we want to achieve. Everyone of us has faced hardships in the past. Criticism and being criticised is nothing new to us and we understand that aspect of the sport as well. I certainly don't take any added pressure," he added.

Meanhwile, Shastri defended the appointment of Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of the team and said that his track record speaks for itself.

"He (Bharat Arun) has been coaching for the last 15 years. You look at his track record and it is outstanding. Right from the junior team to the senior team to the world cup team, he has been part of them. He knows these boys better than I do because he has been in the system for the last 15 years," said Ravi Shastri.

"You look at the last world cup where India took 77 off 80 wickets. If Bharat Arun was someone else who would have played a lot of Test cricket, you would have put his name at the top of the tree. So I don't need to elaborate on what he is good at as his track record is out there for every one to see," Shastri added.

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First Published: July 19, 2017, 3:00 PM IST

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