The hangover from that monumental Test series win against Australia by breaching their fortress at The Gabba isn’t over yet as far as Indian cricket fans are concerned. Meanwhile, a high-profile series against England begins soon. The first of the four-match Test series, led by Virat Kohli, will be played at Chepauk which will also be the venue for the second Test.
Both the teams have a lot at stake as they could potentially qualify for the final of the World Test Championship, where either side will meet New Zealand. India are high on confidence following their historic 2-1 win series win in the Border Gavaskar Trophy while England also defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 a few weeks ago.
Virat Kohli was absent for the last three matches of the series against Australia as he had to return to India to attend the birth of his first child. Kohli left the team at a precarious situation when India had been dismissed for just 36 at Adelaide after an afternoon of humiliation. However, the entire team managed to bounce back strongly and gave an excellent account of their character to become the first team to win at the Gabba in the final Test in decades.
Virat Kohli spoke about his connection with the side and how he was always connected with the team, following every game thoroughly.
“To me, becoming a father has been and will remain the greatest moment of my life. That is something that has to be experienced to understand what I am saying. The connection with the team doesn’t go away in any situation, especially when you have given everything for the team, especially for the Test team for the last six years on a daily basis. Being motivated to take Test cricket on top, take Indian cricket on top and the whole group has put in so much effort,” Virat Kohli said during the pre-match press conference.
“You are connected invariably and I was watching all the games. In the last Test, when Shardul and Sundar were going through a partnership, I was watching it on my phone just before when we had to go in when the doctor called,” Virat Kohli added.