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India have nothing to prove overseas, claims Kohli

498   //    27 Dec 2017, 23:08 IST
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India captain Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli says his India side have nothing to prove when they set about trying to claim a first Test series win in South Africa next month.

India have won nine consecutive series in the longest format, establishing themselves as the top-ranked team in the world.

They have proved to be a cut above their rivals in home conditions, but face the prospect of bigger challenges in a three-match series against the Proteas, before heading to England later in 2018.

Yet captain Kohli, fresh after being rested for the limited-overs successes against Sri Lanka, claims India will not feel the pressure to perform overseas.

"We have got rid of all the mental pressures of touring abroad and wanting to prove [ourselves] to people. We are not wanting to prove anything to anyone and our duty is to go out there, give our 100 per cent effort for the country and get the result that we want to," the batsman said.

"We need to be realistic with what we are doing and stay in the present and execute the things we want to. We are going there to just play cricket and it does not matter whether we are in South Africa, Australia, England or India."

Kohli says his star-studded side will embrace the challenge of attempting to adapt to conditions on foreign soil.

"You need to play cricket for [a] long period of time to win abroad," he added.

"The hunger this time is the same. We want to do what we couldn't the last time around.

"Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition. You have to embrace the local culture to be able to do well there. The excitement is very important to be able to do well."

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