The Indian team along with the skipper, Virat Kohli visited the Indian High Commission in Wellington on Wednesday ahead of the first Test against New Zealand starting on Friday. Kohli shared mutual admiration and respect between the two nations. He added that every team wants to beat India and New Zealand would be looking to do the same.
Talking about the same, Kohli said, “We have reached a stage where every team wants to beat us and New Zealand won’t be any different.” India, who are at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table, are scheduled to play a two-match Test series against sixth-placed New Zealand.
Ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, #TeamIndia visits the Indian High Commission in Wellington. 🇮🇳🇳🇿
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 19, 2020
Addressing the event, skipper Virat said, “We are very honored to be here invited by the High Commissioner. We want to thank you for that. Of all the tours that we have, coming to the Indian High Commission is a very special evening. Because we get to spend time with a lot of people from India, but we also get to meet a lot of people from a country that we are in.”
Earlier in the day, Virat went on to acknowledged the fact that leading the Indian team in all three cricketing formats was grueling but insisted he was not yet ready to ease his leadership burden.
The Indian skipper said, “It’s been about eight years now that I’ve been playing almost 300 days a year. With the traveling, practice sessions and the intensity is right up there all the time, it does take a toll on you. Periodic breaks for me seem to work pretty OK. At a time when the body doesn’t respond as well, maybe at around 34, 35, you might have a different conversation, but for the next two or three years I have no issues.”
Kohli also said that he wanted to ensure the Indian team was in a good place when he finally relaxed his grip on the reins.