India vs England, 1st T20I at Manchester


The challenge of beating England in their own den and then walking away with the spoils is "exciting" and not daunting. Back in April-May, he hit five successive half-centuries for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and finished the tournament with 548 runs from 13 matches at a strike-rate of 155.24.

On the other hand, England will look to continue their winning momentum and form which they showed against Australia. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training.

England will be banking the feelgood momentum of their victories over Australia.

Perhaps a limited overs contest in England finally beckons. Keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind, Kohli said India will keep experimenting on the tour. I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams, purely because we didn't know the guys enough to be able to have conversations with them. Even when we came here for the Champions Trophy (2017), this was the first question that was asked, and my reply was "I'm just looking to have a good time here". We certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket. "For me, it's just a set of global games in another country and the mindset remains the same".

Riding on a flashy unbeaten century from Lokesh Rahul and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's maiden T20 worldwide fifer, India outclassed England by eight wickets in the opening match and go 1-0 up in the three-match rubber at the Old Trafford cricket stadium. This is the first India-England clash of a long summer of India-England clashes, an opportunity to land an early punch or two.

And this what Kohli wants to go home with: the desire and intent to win every session of play. With Umesh Yadav in red-hot form, he'll easily slip into Bumrah's shoes and the ever reliable, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will accompany him with the new ball and will come back for the death overs. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

They've now reached Manchester at a time when the city is experiencing some of its hottest days in recent history, making them feel right at home.

India vs England 1st T20I match begins at 10:00 PM IST.

Talking about the team combinations, Kohli said that the batting order is going to be flexible and not "one-dimensional".

Yadav also thanked skipper Kohli and MS Dhoni for their constant support. KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav are the contenders.

"I heard a lot of people are keen to go and play and they should". That's the reality of things and we have to accept that and get on with things.