India perfectly placed for success in England, says Kohli

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"Neck is fine", he was quoted as saying by Sport24.

"I've had good practice and played 6-7 sessions in Mumbai".

While Shastri in his inimitable manner was clear that YoYo test is here to stay, Kohli said that one should look at it as a "hard call" that benefits the team rather than being emotional. "This kind of break makes you excited to go back to field again", he added.

On his own fitness post neck injury, which ruled him out of his maiden County stint for Surrey before gruelling series in English conditions, Kohli said that he has completely recovered from the injury. Ganguly thinks both the Indian captain and the team will do well in the five Test series. Is he disappointed to have missed out on a county stint? "This thing that happened was the best thing.although not intended but happened in the best way", he said. "That is the only way we can improve as a team", Kohli told a news conference on Friday.

There was also a video in which captain Virat Kohli can be seen running on a treadmill with a mask on. "So I wanted to acclimatize to the damp conditions".

Ganguly said, "Kohli is a fantastic player".

"I am 100 percent ready to go".

Asked about his targets this time, he said: "I was asked this on the last tour of England as well".

On June 19, England set an ODI world record by amassing 481/6 in 50 overs against Australia.

Kohli said that in the Tests, when the ball will most definitely swing for England danger-men James Anderson and Stuart Broad, India will fight fire with fire. South Africa won the test series 2-1 and India won the one-day internationals 5-1 this year.

"I think a lot of people have held on to the last tour for too long".

Sachin Tendulkar too raised concern on Friday, tweeting it was a "recipe for disaster" as bowlers can't reverse the ball that doesn't get old. "We have two X factors", he put it, referring to the spinners.

While the squad for the Tests is yet to be named, there was a minor change to the squad for the ODIs, when Ambati Rayudu, who failed a fitness test - the "yo-yo" test - ahead of the series, was replaced by Suresh Raina. The change had sparked a debate on the relevance of a player's fitness levels versus their talent. Ravi Shastri said, "Every series is important for us, there is no way out".

"You have a certain ability but if you are fit then you can enhance it". You can not have Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood not play. This is not going to go away. "When you have people that are fit and hungry and ready you are not only competing, but you are winning". We know that is one place where pitches behave differently at different times of the year. I said I want to walk around and have coffee.

The skipper made it clear that he is available for the first T20 against Ireland in Dublin on June 27.

The preparations aside, do India have a specific strategy for England?

England batsmen are now dominating Australia in the ongoing five-match One Day International series and they have cruised to a 4-0 lead.

Shastri added, "For us, an opposition is an opposition".

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