Indian skipper Virat Kohli began his third tour of England on Thursday as India’s most successful Test captain. He is one of the four best batsmen in modern cricket, having had a poor first tour of England in 2014 and was seen faltering in the face of swing bowling. Kohli had scored only 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.4 during the 2014 tour of England.
Strong comeback as a batsman in the year 2018
Four years later, he returned as a successful batsman, scoring 593 runs
What is the difference between four years ago and today’s Virat?
Before leaving for England, Kohli said in a conversation with the Indian media, ‘First of all I am four years older. That’s one difference, but other than that I don’t think the mindset has changed at all. The mindset was always to go out there and perform for my team. I got the chance to lead in 2018 and unlike the kind of acceptance I got from outside, we understand the kind of cricket we played there.
Team India lost 1-4 in 2018
Kohli said that although India lost the 2018 series 1-4, they were never out of the match. He said, ‘We have never been out of a match except for the Test at Lord’s. Therefore, I see it only as an evolution of my position in the team. 2018 was the start for us to really go out there and perform away from home. We did it long before Australia (2018-19 series win).