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He was calm, not the busybody, full of intent as he is on match day or training. "That's always my mindset for the time I have been captain; the team to play well and contribute as much as I can".

"England visited India back in 2016-17, and we won the trophy at that time".

But Willey exchanged words with Bhuvneshwar Kumar after the Indian pulled out of delivering the final ball of England's innings, and a pumped-up Kohli continued the conversation as the players walked off moments later.

Fresh from a relatively easy 2-0 whitewash over minnows Ireland, India's real test on the tour will start on Tuesday when the Virat Kohli-led brigade will be up against a formidable England side in the first of the three-match Twenty20 worldwide series at the Old Trafford.

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After the white-ball matches, the teams will lock horns in five Tests starting August 1, and as has become customary these days, Kohli evoked memories of India's tour of South Africa in January, when they lost a three-Test series 1-2. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored two half-centuries and a century in the ODIs against Australia and a 30-ball 60 in the one-off T20I as recently as June 27.

And on a flat surface, perhaps more Mumbai than Manchester after being baked by the recent hot weather, England will hope this does not set a precedent for the tourists feeling very much at home over the next three months. As a cricketer, you look for new challenges every now and then, that's something I wanted to go and experience because we don't play too much cricket here before we come on tour. "Playing against a good team in their conditions and at their home, to get the opportunity to be able to beat them in their home conditions, it is a point of excitement for us not pressure".

The live telecast of 1st T20 worldwide match between ind vs eng will start at 10:00 PM (IST) on July 3, 2018 (Tuesday) in Old Trafford, Manchester.

Moeen Ali, one of our own, has found his form as he ended up with 12 wickets in the 5 match ODI series against Australia and picked up 4 wickets in as many overs in the lone T20I against the same side.

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Talking about the team combinations, Kohli said that the batting order is going to be flexible and not "one-dimensional".

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen training against short-pitched deliveries.

The Indian middle-order is an area where Kohli will look to get it right as KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey fight for a slot. We know we can play him better than that. "This next phase is going to be really important to figure all those things out and have the best balance that we need going into that big tournament, but that's quite far away but we have a vision for it". "We have nothing to lose and we just want to improve as a team".

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