Virat Kohli brushed off talk of having to prove his batting ability on English soil in the five-match test series starting at Edgbaston. The India captain struggled to make an impact when he 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.
‘I’m not in a frame of mind to prove myself in any country, I just want to perform for the team,’ the 29-year-old told a news conference on Tuesday, before England’s 1000th Test.
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. India last won a Test series in England in 2007, while the hosts are looking for their first series win in four.