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Not under any delusions for what we’ll be presented with: Kohli

Not under any delusions for what we'll be presented with: Kohli

On the cancellation of the warm-up match..

Kohli: If you look at the wicket which we’re playing on right now, it’s not even 15 percent of what we’re going to get in the game. We understand that. There’s no point wasting two days (with) guys going and scoring quick fifties and coming out. We rather have them do two sessions like today, get into the Test match zone, test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wickets the way we want to. In a two-day game there’s no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day. Here, we have the freedom to put more water on the wicket, roll it, make it harder and come tomorrow’s practice session then we have conditions that we want. You’re never sure of whether you’re going to get quality practice games or not. So we would rather have practice sessions that are in our control, the way we want to run them. It doesn’t matter if you play three practice games and you’re not in the right frame of mind. It doesn’t matter, starting (the first Test) on fifth of January, whether you’ve played two practice games or three. If you’re in a good head-space and have good practice sessions, I think you’re good enough as well.



On the conditions to expect during the Test series..

Kohli: We come to South Africa knowing that the wickets are going to be different from back home. Even the last time when we’ve played there was talk about we getting bounced out and we’re going to struggle against the short ball. But I think our batsmen stood up really nicely. If you remember, clearly on Day 1 of the Jo’burg Test we put up a great fight, we handled their bowlers pretty well and we made them work hard. We almost won that Test, it ended up being a draw. So, we are prepared as to what we’re going to get here and we’re not under any delusions as to what we’re going to be presented with, come fifth of January.

On India’s record in South Africa..

Kohli: Our best result has been a drawn series, if I remember, in 2010-11. I feel the kind of bowling attack we have now and the kind of balance we have in the side, we definitely believe that we can win here. There’s no two ways about it. If we wouldn’t have that mindset then there’s no point in getting onto that flight as well. We have come here wanting to express ourselves, believing in our abilities, knowing that we have the right balance to win Test matches in any conditions that we play in. This one again is an opportunity for us to play good cricket. We’re not thinking about whether we’re playing in South Africa or any other country. For us it’s about winning sessions, being in the present, executing our skills well, not looking at the history as to what’s happened in the particular country where we play at. You might have a great record in a country, but as I said, if you’re not well prepared it doesn’t matter, you’re going to end up losing. I think international cricket is all about staying in the present and trying to do the things better than the opposition at all times during any of the games that you play.

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