IPL Has Helped Us Break Barriers with England Players: Kohli

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All that was left for India to do was to hit the winning runs and Kohli did so in style, launching Moeen for six down the ground, which secured the win with 10 balls to spare. He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training.

Bumrah is expected to be fit for the three-match one-day global series against England starting on July 12.

He said: "When you play against sub-continent teams, it normally exposes sides like us and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing - different challenges to that we are normally used to. Having had a few days off and time to reflect on the series, 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". We certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket.

Just over a week into their trip, the Indians have been taking advantage of an unprecedented toasty beginning to the English summer - not limiting themselves to just sipping coffee but drinking in the pleasant sights and surroundings.

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Preview: After a crushing 2-0 victory over minnows Ireland, India led by Virat Kohli will be up against a formidable England in the first of the three-match Twenty20 global series (T20Is) at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

India were dealt a double injury blow ahead of their limited-overs clashes against England with Washington Sundar joining Jasprit Bumrah on the sidelines.

And this what Kohli wants to go home with: the desire and intent to win every session of play.

"Obviously you want to perform as an individual but I haven't set any benchmarks or targets and come here to do certain things which have to be special just because the last tour here I came on didn't go well". Team India is ranked second in ICC T20I teams ranking whereas England is ranked fourth. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

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Heaping praises on England's current form, which saw the hosts outclass a hapless Australia 6-0 in a recent limited over series, the 29-year-old Kohli felt that English players' participation in the various domestic T20 leagues like Indian Premier League (IPL) have contributed a lot in their growth.

Anderson in a press conference had pooh-poohed India's spinners as bowlers outside India, saying "I'm not sure they're too hard to handle". 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.

India captain Virat Kohli said his team were not fazed by the massive expectation from fans back home. The rest of it looks sorted with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting, followed by Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni.

The Karnataka player, who was not a certainty in the playing XI till he was preferred over Dinesh Karthik, batted in top gear from the start.

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