'We want to do what we couldn't the last time v SA'
Virat Kohli will be back on the cricket field from early in 2018 and he was all business when he addressed the media ahead of Team India's long tour of South Africa, which is being carded as the stiffest challenge for the captain.
Having hosted the final reception of his wedding with long-time girlfriend, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma in Mumbai on Tuesday, Virat was back to focussing on cricket as he and coach Ravi Shastri attended the pre-departure Press briefing ahead of the that begins on January 5. This series will be a stiff test for India, and Kohli is all set for that. "This was a special moment but was also training for South Africa in the last three weeks," Kohli said referring to his marriage.
"You need to play cricket for long period of time to win abroad," Kohli said about the prospects of the team.
"The hunger this time is the same. We want to do what we couldn't the last time around," Kohli said about the team's ambitions in a country where India has historically struggled to come good.
India will fly off to South Africa to play three Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting January 5. The couple will travel to South Africa where Virat will start preparing for upcoming series and Anushka will spend New Year's Eve with him and return in first week of January to begin next schedule of a film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai.
India will be playing three Tests in South Africa, with the first beginning in Cape Town. The second Test scheduled to be played in Centurion from January 13. The last match of the series will be played at Johannesburg from January 24.
Thereafter, India and South Africa will be engaged in a six-match One-day International and three-game T20 International series in February.agencies