Somewhere in your head you are always thinking about you have something important coming up, so subconsciously you are looking forward to it (South Africa tour). Playing against hostile fast bowlers of South Africa and Australia calls for not just a display of flawless technique but also mental fortitude. Right after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, the side travelled to South Africa in 2013 for a two-match Test series.
Kohli said the number days from now and the first Test, were enough to get used to the conditions, despite the lack of a practice match.
However, Kohli who had a dream run in the longest format in 2017 is hopeful about the outcome this time. We did well in England. The chief coach also urged the players to embrace the challenges with aplomb and insisted that the team's preparation has been good. "We do not want to prove anything to anyone and our duty is to go out there, give our 100 per cent effort for the country and get the result that we want to", Kohli said.
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When asked why India are not able to carry forward their formidable form at home overseas said that the conditions could be equally hard in India. "Switching back to cricket is not hard at all because it is in my blood, like it is for every other team member and the team management as well, so getting back to professional front is not hard at all", he added. We want to do what we couldn't the last time around. Kohli welcomed the opportunity with both hands. "I'll be meeting them". We have missed that for a long time now. "Cricket will take care of itself." he said. Switching back to cricket was not hard at all. "It wasn't hard to switch on at all". Asked how hard will it be for him to return to cricket post the marriage celebrations, Kohli replied: "Not hard at all, it was away for something (marriage) which is much more important. Cricket is in my blood", added the Delhi-born. Getting back to my profession is not hard. "It's not like I have not done anything for the past three weeks".
India will play South Africa in 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is. "You are mentally prepared", Kohli added.
India captain Virat Kohli said that returning to cricket after his marriage and all the ensuing distractions would not be hard as cricket was in his blood just like the other members of the side and his focus was back on the sport. "I will meet them now". I've heard a lot about him, Ravi bhai has spoken very highly of him. It is very rare. We toured Australia. We did a pretty good job. All of us know our responsibilities.