Doesn’t matter how I perform, team have to play well: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli addressed the media ahead of India's tour of UK

"You forget what conditions were when you played last time", Kohli said in a press conference ahead of team's departure for UK, Friday night.

But the top-order batsman, who pulled out of his county stint with Surrey after a neck injury during the Indian Premier League, insisted that he is fit and raring to go. I've had good practice & played 6-7 sessions in Mumbai.

He declared he felt fresh and raring to get back into action after the injury-enforced break. "It has made me excited to go back on to the pitch again", said Kohli.

This is what "did the job" in India's recent 5-1 ODI series triumph in South Africa, Kohli said, with Chahal and Yadav sharing 33 wickets between them. "It is also not about one or two players but team performance- which will be the focus", he said.

His poor show during the last tour of England had come under intense scrutiny but Kohli said critics have "held on" to the 2014 tour for far "too long".

The Indian side will first play two Twenty20 internationals in Ireland starting on June 27 before moving on to England for the next three months.

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What's been the difference for us is the two X-factors we have in the middle overs. He expressed displeasure to the repeated reference of the 2014 tour. The mindset doesn't change on the basis of one series.

"You may have the ability, but if you're fit, you can enhance the ability". He faced a fitness test.

"Look at Bumrah (Jasprit) how he was bowling at 144 kmph in his last spell of the last Test in South Africa", he said about Bumrah's speed to YoYo fitness levels.

However, the India skipper acknowledged that bowlers will find it hard on flat pitches like Nottingham where England notched up their world record ODI score. That's why we emphasise on YoYo test.

"When we were playing the Test series in South Africa, initially people thought we were outplayed but then the third Test happened and it was followed by the limited overs matches". You can not have Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood not play.

"The captain leads from the front, the selectors and the entire team management is on the same page", he declared. Every game is a home game because we don't play the opponent we play the pitch. "We shouldn't have a problem operating with Duke ball", he added. Our aim is to strive for consistency.

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