Virat Kohli plays down personal goals and puts India first

England team

England players pose with the Royal One Day Cup after winning the series against Australia

Morgan said the atmosphere improved following England's World Cup victory that day as Jos Buttler guided his side to victory with a stunning century.

"We expect England to come hard at us but we certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket, so it's going to be an exciting series for sure", said Kohli. After pummelling Australia 6-0 across the one-day worldwide series and lone Twenty20 game, now England have a more onerous foe: India, essentially the Indian Premier League All-Stars.

"It [IPL] is going to make relations between the two teams even better".

I think this IPL season has broken the barrier to a great extent between the sides - Kohli. We had 9 picked up in the auction and eventually 12 going with replacement players, which is the most we've ever had. Save Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav - the others have not played a full-fledged series in England and that may be of great hindrance against England who bat deep. As Jos [Buttler] has been saying for months now, it has done great things to his mindset and he's taking that on in every format.

"I don't think it will be a distraction - the guys are passionate about it, but will be focused on (this) game". We have a lot of T20 experience.

"Having had a few days off and time to reflect on the series (against Australia), it's something we can call upon - and might need to in either series, the Twenty20 or the ODIs, when our backs are against the wall". "It doesn't matter if I get runs or I don't get runs, what I want is the team to play well and the team to win", he insisted. It's as dry as I have seen it ever.

To start off the series, the Indian team management is expected to play around with set combinations.

"The way we play our cricket, the mindset and the attitude will be what we would like to take away from this series", the Indian captain said in his first press conference in England. Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing 3 out of 4 games. I especially spoke to (Cheteshwar) Pujara and Ishant (Sharma), who have been here. "In T20Is, we can afford to do that because they are short", he said. On that occasion we were treated to a batting collapse to rate with some of the most dramatic in England's history (and the competition for that accolade is pretty stiff) when, confronted with the potent mix of a demanding target (203) and a good leg-spinner (in Yuzvendra Chahal), they lost eight wickets for eight runs on the way to a 75-run loss. The conditions in England have always been tough but following India's performances in the last one year, it promises to be a close contest.

"Looking at the weather, not at all".

"With that major tournament coming, it gives you an opportunity to test your bench strength, try out fringe players and test their characters as well".

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