New Delhi: A few days after South Africa speedster Dale Steyn batted for the India-South Africa series, Virat Kohli, on Tuesday, also extended his support for the bilateral series.
The flamboyant right-handed batsman feels the series is important as it will “set the standards of the young Indian team”. The BCCI and CSA have been at loggerheads since the latter appointed Haroon Lorgat as its CEO.
“South Africa tour is something we are looking forward to. The tour will set the standards for this team… We have got a young team. We are hoping to get a few games there, I can’t say more than that,” Kohli said during a promotional event, here.
Though a consensus is still awaited on the much-awaited tour, an optimistic Kohli said the team “should be well-prepared”.
The 24-year-old batsman, who has already amassed over 4500 runs in ODIs and is seen as India’s future captain, said he was looking forward to a good start to the season, which will kick off with the seven-match ODI series against Australia.
“We are excited and hope to have a good start to the season. Australia have always been a strong side and we can’t take them lightly,” he said.
As far as Yuvraj Singh’s comeback to the side was concerned, Kohli said: “I never had any doubt that Yuvraj would come back to the national team.
“He has always been a great player. I am really happy for him… What I liked most was that he had gone to France for (fitness) training. I am glad that he has done that, he had no contact with others… And I’m eager to play with him again.”
Kohli said he was looking forward to be part of Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match. “Sachin has achieved one milestone after another. There can be no bigger achievement than playing in the 200th Test.We are all looking forward to the 200th Test.”