Virat Kohli performed poorly when India toured England in 2014 Image: Getty
Virat Kohli might average above 45 in Tests. And he might be in the form of his life right now -- after scoring a double century each against West Indies and New Zealand. But one has to admit that his record against England is not great. He averages 20 in the 17 innings he's played against the Three Lions. And if you talk about the last outing against England in 2014, he scored a total of 134 runs in the five-match series.
According to Kohli, the 2014 tour was a setback in his career. In a pre-match press conference on Tuesday in Rajkot, he said that during that phase he didn't perform too well. "I take it as a setback in my career, and not motivate myself in a way that I have to prove people wrong or I have to do something special against a particular opposition," he added.
And did that tour improve him as a cricketer? "It made me realise what I need to improve in my game so I am pretty thankful to England for that. I have been a really improved cricketer from then on."
James Anderson has been an old foe for Virat Kohli. We hope there's an exciting contest between the two when Anderson returns for the second Test.