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Team India in Indian high Commission in Wellington.

Team India’s visit to Indian High Commission

Ahead of the first test match against New Zealand Virat Kohli and his team visited the Indian High Commission in Wellington. He spoke about the mutual respect  and admiration between the two countries. He mentioned that “We have reached a stage where every team wants to beat us and New Zealand won’t be any different,”. India is in the top position of the ICC World Test Championship points table and are scheduled to play two test match against New Zealand who holds the sixth position.

Virat Kohli 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.” while addressing the event.

Kohli’s future plan

In a press meet earlier in that day Virat Kohli reveals the “future plan about his retirement” and also promise to play at least for three years in all formats.

“Look it’s not a conversation that is to hide away from in any manner,” Kohli said. “I think it’s been eight or nine years that I have been playing almost 300 days a year with the travelling and practice sessions. And the intensity is right up there all the time. So it does take a toll on you. I am not saying that it’s not something the players are not thinking about.”

Short break for players

“We do choose to take a lot more breaks individually even though the schedule might not allow you to,” Kohli said. “You are going to see a lot of that in the future from many players. Not just myself, especially from the guys who are playing all three formats. It’s not that easy. Then being captain and having intensity in practice session and discussing the game, so it does take a toll on you. So I am not in that space at the moment. So periodic breaks for me seems to work pretty okay. At a time when the body doesn’t respond as well, maybe when I am 34-35, you might have a different conversation at that stage. But for the next 2-3 years, I have no issues at all. Can keep going on with the same intensity and I also understand that the team wants a lot of my contribution in the next 2-3 years so that we can ease into another transition phase that we faced some 5-6 years ago. So the mindset is on the larger picture, and from that point, I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years from now. And then after that we might have a different conversation.”

He also mentioned that at the time of his retirement he wants team India as well as the players to be in their best position.