Cricket in my blood, switching back after marriage won’t be difficult: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said he was raring to go hard in South Africa and said it would not be difficult to get back to professional cricket after a short break.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017, opted out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka to get married to Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Italy.”I was away for something that was more important but getting back to professional cricket won’t be difficult at all. I was training (during the break.),” Kohli told the media hours before India’s departure for South Africa.India leave for South Africa later on late on Wednesday for a three Test series starting January 5. That will be followed by six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.AP PhotoKohli was in red-hot form during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, smashing 610 runs including back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi as India won the series 1-0.The Sri Lanka series really rounded off a dominant home season for India. In 2017, India won 37 international matches and 14 series. Currently, they are on a nine-streak series win in Test cricket and Kohli’s men have the opportunity to create history.India will embark on a long run overseas starting with the tour of South Africa but Kohli said the mindset needed to remain the same.”Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are not there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition.”You have to embrace the local culture to be able to do well there. The excitement is very important to be able to do well,” he said.advertisementAfter Kohli’s wedding with Anushka on December 11, the couple hosted receptions in Delhi and Mumbai where several Bollywood and sporting celebrities joined in the celebrations. But now the focus would shift to cricket as India travel to a land known for its fast and bouncy pitches.last_img

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