Video - Need To Win First Game - Kohli
Watch as Indian batsman Virat Kohli stresses the importance of winning the first Test at Trent Bridge as he and his side prepare to take on England in a five-match series.
India last won a Test match at Trent Bridge in 2007 and Kohli, along with the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and even captain MS Dhoni, will have no experience of playing a five-match Test series.
The last time India played England in a five-match series was in 1959, but Kohli says they are already thinking about getting ahead early.
"Well, you have to be thinking about winning the first game of the series," he said.
"Putting in a strong performance in a five-Test match series, in the first game obviously sort of sets the tone for the series and the other team has to claw back then but England have played some really good cricket here and so have we in the past," he added.
Last time around, India were beaten 4-0 but Kohli is confident that this tour will see them put in a much stronger performance.
"In the last tour we didn't play as we wanted to but on the previous tours before that I think India has done well in England so we can take a lot of confidence out of that.
"As you said, the first game will be very important to set the tone for the series. There is a lot of time to come back but whoever gets the first punch in will obviously hold advantage and can build onto that momentum from there."
Nevertheless, he is not expecting anything other than a fierce contest, and he expects England to come out fighting after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sri Lanka last month.
"There's two sides to a situation like that, you can say that they've lost to Sri Lanka, they might be low on confidence but one way of coming out of that sort of situation is (to) come out and express yourself without thinking about the results.
"So it might be a situation where they would know exactly what's going on in their heads, we can't really comment on that."
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