I have nothing to prove ahead of England tests says kohli

Vastavam web: Indian captain Virat Kohli brushed off talk of having to prove his batting ability on English soil ahead of the five-match test series against the hosts starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Kohli struggled to make an impact when India last toured England in 2014, scoring 134 runs in 10 innings, but has since emerged as one of the most reliable batsmen in the world across all three formats of the game.“Obviously I want to score runs for the team and I want to take Indian cricket forward, and that’s my only motive.”

Kohli said he had matured as a person and was not affected by criticism of his performance in the four years since India’s 3-1 series defeat by England.“If I waste my energy on these things, I am compromising on my mindset I need to be in the most clear mental space and that happens when I am focused on what I have to do.”England won the one-day international series between the teams 2-1 and lost the Twenty20 competition by the same margin this month. Kohli refused to say whether his team were the underdogs or the favourites.

India last won a test series in England in 2007, while the hosts are looking for their first series win in four.“I think it’s a balance that is required and we’ve played enough cricket at this level to understand that.”“That is where we’re at, five games against the world number one (test) side where we can make a statement if we play well and win,” Root said.