Ahead of the long Test tour of England, Team India skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri chaired a traditional pre-departure press conference before leaving for the UK on Wednesday.
After ending the 2020-21 season as the top-ranked side in Test cricket, Team India, under the leadership of Kohli, will hope to end their ICC trophy drought when they face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, starting June 18.
After the WTC Final in Southampton, Team India will also play a five-match Test series against England. During the media interaction, skipper Kohli was asked about his meteoric rise in the international circuit.
“What’s the difference between Kohli of 2014 and now,” a reporter asked Kohli
To this, the 32-year-old batsman replied: “If in 2014, you would have told me that in 2021 I’m going to play the WTC final, I would have had a tough time believing that. I have stopped looking at series as ultimate tasks or goals. It’s about leading the team in the right way.”
Taking cognizance of the interaction between Virat and the reporter, Ravi Shastri lauded the Indian skipper.
“The Kohli of 2021 is slimmer and fitter and only has five and half thousand more runs,” said Shastri.