India’s Test captain, Virat Kohli, flanked by new head coach Anil Kumble at a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, said the next few months will define how the team performs over the next few years.
The Indian team is on a five-day camp in the Karnataka capital as a precursor to the West Indies series beginning on July 21.
“Only a few [players] have played in West Indies but we have the experience. Need to constantly improve,” Kumble said, adding that various batting combinations would be tested in the two weeks leading up to the series in West Indies.
On his rapport with the firebrand batsman and Test captain, the newly appointed head coach said he “loved” Kohli’s aggression. “I was aggressive myself. I will not curb someone’s natural instinct,” he said.
However, he was quick to stress the importance of being “ambassadors of India”.
“We all know how important it is to be ambassadors of India and to be a part of Indian cricket team... Everybody in the team understands [this],” he said. “We will ensure that there is a thin line and everybody knows that.”
Kohli said there was a lot of work required to check the mistakes made by the batsmen.
“We have faults that we need to correct. We have some areas we need to improve on, all the batsmen are aware of that,” he said. “We understand that as a batting group, we need to bat together in partnerships.”
The key, Kohli said, was to develop a better understanding of the playing style of the other players. “[The] more we understand each other, better we can handle the situation as you can play according to how your partner is playing,” he said.
However, he said no team plays for ranking, and “the main goal is to play good cricket”.