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There is no pressure on me, time to enjoy WTC final: Kohli

Team India and New Zealand last crossed swords with each other in a major ICC event in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. At that time, Kiwis absolutely stunned Virat Kohli & Co as they won the game by 18 runs. It was indeed a heart-breaking defeat for the Indians.

Now, both the teams will face off each other in a high-voltage clash on June 18. The cricketing giants will play the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. It will be quite interesting to see how both teams approach the peak encounter.

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Ahead of the WTC final, Kiwis will play two Tests against England. The Black Caps will get the taste of the conditions better than Team India. The first Test between New Zealand and England has already begun at Lord’s.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old skipper Kohli reckons that India and New Zealand are on the same page as far as the conditions for the final is concerned. The run-machine is not at all worried about the team’s lack of practice and preparation before the all-important final showdown.

Time to enjoy the WTC final: Kohli

The skipper said this is the time to enjoy the occasion. “In the past, we have landed in places three days prior even in a proper schedule and have had a hell of a series and hell of competition, so it is all in the head,” captain Kohli said in the press conference.

“We all know what the conditions are and I think the hunger and desire to be there is what matters. We don’t have issues with four practice sessions. We are not bothered by that at all.”

“All of us take a lot of pride in playing Test cricket, and the way, we have progressed as a side is an example of what Test cricket means to us. So, for all of us as a unit, those who have been part of the Test side for many years, this is like an accumulation of all the hard work,” he said.

“Conditions are as potent for New Zealand as they are for us. Australia conditions should have favoured them but we beat them. It’s about how you look at situations. If you want us to board the flight to the UK feeling like New Zealand has the edge then there is no point in boarding that flight. We know we are on equal terms.” said the 32-year-old.

The skipper also said there is absolutely no pressure on him and his teammates. “Have no pressure on me. As a team, we now have to enjoy after years of hard work. I just want to take Indian cricket forward. There was no pressure on me previously and nor there is no sort of pressure on me now. It is time to enjoy the final” Kohli concluded.

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