Mumbai: Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before boarding a flight to ‘tough’ South Africa tour after a highly successful home season. Kohli and his men will play three tests, six ODIs and three T-20I matches in South Africa starting January 5.
Kohli took a gig at his marriage and said he was away for something more important and switching back to cricket now won’t be difficult for him. He also added that playing cricket for the country is the most prestigious thing for him and cricket is in his blood.
“Playing cricket for the country is the most prestigious thing. If you win any game of cricket and win, you feel good. Our job is to give out 100 per cent. We are going out there to play cricket, it does not matter where we play,” Kohli said.
On questions of foreign conditions, the Indian captain said it all depends on the mentality. “If you are there mentally, every condition is like the home condition. We need to embrace the local culture to do well,” he said.
Coach Ravi Shastri admitted the conditions would be tough and promised to take the bull by its horns. “The conditions will be testing but these one-and-a-half years will define Indian cricket,” says the coach.
Shastri also accepted the challenge of playing in those conditions and said, “We are ready to embrace the challenge and looking forward to it”.