West Indies tour will decide how we play Test cricket in coming years: Virat Kohli

Bengaluru, July 4: As Team India gears up for a busy Test season, starting with a challenging tour of West Indies later this month, skipper Virat Kohli feels coming days will be an indicator as to how they have shaped up as a Test unit.

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"This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years," Kohli said at the pre-departure media conference ahead of Indian team's tour of the West Indies.

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Head Coach Anil Kumble during a press conference on the last day of the preparatory camp ahead of West Indies tour, in Bengaluru on Monday.

India will be playing 17 Test matches in the upcoming season and which will be under close scrutiny of critics as well as the selectors.

Indian cricket team's performance in Tests, specially overseas, has been disappointing over the last 2-3 years, hence skipper Virat Kohli and newly appointed coach Anil Kumble face a daunting task of developing the habit of winning Test matches.

Talking about team's ranking in the Tests, the aggressive India skipper said his side will primarily focus on playing good cricket and he's not bothered about ICC Test rankings.

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"Our target is not to become number one in Tests. I don't think any team plays for the sake of rankings. The main goal is to play good cricket. Even if you are number one in rankings and don't play for a long time, you can become number two and you will have no control over it. All we can control is the kind of cricket we will be playing," Kohli told reporters at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"These (rankings) things are like by-products. It's an incentive for good performance and we can celebrate it. The aim is to execute our plans taking one Test match at a time. This is a big season and it will help us build a rhythm. Otherwise, you play two Tests and then don't play for six months, there is no rhythm," he added.

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Hailing Anil Kumble's appointment as the team's head coach, the Indian skipper said that now they have a man, who can also tell them how to win Test matches abroad.

"It is a huge boost for us that Anil bhai is our coach. Bowlers will feel more support due to his presence. Especially as he is someone who has won so many matches for the country and knows what it requires to win matches both India and abroad," Kohli said praising Kumble.

India are set to play 4 Tests against West Indies this month. They had a preparatory camp at Bengaluru's National Cricket Academy (NCA). The camp concluded on Monday.

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