India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that England should focus on relentless effort and complete excellence to win the Test series in England. The Kohli-led India squad will play a five-match Test series against England under Joe Root, with the first Test scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Asked by Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, he told Sky Sports: ‘In the five-Test series, we need to focus on achieving excellence with tireless efforts every single day. Here you have to tell yourself that you want to work hard and face tough conditions every day in every test match.
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The Indian leader said that you have to be mentally prepared for this kind of workload. For Kohli personally, winning in England is a bigger achievement than winning anywhere else. He said, ‘Personally, I have nothing more than winning a Test match or a Test series here.’ Kohli, one of the best batsmen in the world in the current era, said, ‘We step on the field and we compete. We want to win every test match, which is more important to me because it is like a culture again, the results.
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He said, “It’s a big thing for Indian cricket (a win in the Test series in England) and we’ve done it before. We can do it again, but I really like this culture. I want us to try to record a win on the third or fourth day because I don’t want to try to save the match by surrendering. ‘