ENG v IND 2021: Virat Kohli says, “I want us to go for the win and not surrender; for us, it is pursuit for excellence”

Kohli was speaking on what it takes to win a Test series in England.

Kohli was speaking on what it takes to win a Test series in England with Dinesh Karthik | TwitterIndian captain Virat Kohli has said that his mindset is pretty clear for Team India in the upcoming five-match Test series against England and that he wants to go for the win always and pursue excellence all the time.

Led by Kohli, India will take on Joe Root’s England in a grueling five-match Test series, beginning from Wednesday, August 4 in Trent Bridge.

I will answer your second question first, it takes relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day over a five-Test series, to tell yourself I want to do the hard work and I want to get into situations, which are tough in every Test match on every day. And you are going to be ready for that kind of workload, and that kind of mental load,” Kohli told ‘Sky Sports’ when asked by Dinesh Karthik on what it takes to win a Test series in England.

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However, Kohli said that for him personally, it means nothing more than winning a Test match or a Test series anywhere else in the world.

As I said, for me, these things are not anecdotes in my career or milestones in my career. We step on the field and we compete and we are looking to win every Test match, that is what matters more to me, because again that is a culture, these are results,” added Kohli, one of the finest batsmen of the modern era.

For Indian cricket, it will be a huge thing and we have done it before and we can do it again, but this culture is what is dearer to me and I will do everything in my ability, even if you lose a Test match. I want us to go for the win and not surrender and try to save a test match on day three or day four, that for me is just not acceptable,” he said.

Kohli emphasized that personal milestones mean nothing for him and that his mindset is just a pursuit of excellence.

So, for me as I said, milestones don’t matter at all. If I had played for milestones in my career, I probably would not have half of what I have right now. My mindset is pretty clear and for us, it is just pursuit of excellence,” he signed off.

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 02 Aug, 2021

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