Monday 7 July 2014 

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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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs