sport

Kohli expects close series

Virat Kohli insists India are simply concentrating on their own game ahead of the eagerly-anticipated five-match series with England.

The hosts go into the first Test, which starts at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, on the back of a 1-0 home reverse to Sri Lanka - the first time England have lost to the tourists on home soil.

Alastair Cook's men are now winless in eight Tests but Kohi says India are not speculating on their opponents' state of mind.

Instead, they are concentrating on their own game, having made plans.

He told Sky Sports: \"(England) They know exactly what is going on in their heads, we can't really comment on that.

\"But as far as our team is concerned, we have prepared really well. We have some discipline, some ideas in mind that we want to execute when we go onto the field.

\"And we just want to focus on that - we don't really want to think what England are feeling right now because, even if they are playing at their best and we play good cricket, it will be a competitive series.

\"So that's all we want to focus on, I really can't comment on what they would be feeling. As I said, they might come out all guns blazing or they might still be thinking about that series, you never know until the first ball is bowled in the Test match.

\"So we will have to wait and watch what their approach is like but as far as we are concerned, we want to stick to what we want to do in this series and not really focus on anything else.\"

But Kohli admits the tourists are targeting the early wicket of out-of-sorts England skipper Cook.

"Obviously, right now things have been pretty difficult for him. Everyone goes through that phase where they don't score runs but I think it's because he has the captaincy as well, that might be troubling him a little more," he added.

"But we know he's a quality player, he can come back any point of time. We would like to keep him under pressure, and we would like to get him out early because the England battling has revolved around him for the last few years and he has been pretty consistent for them.

"So he's going to be a big player in the series also, and we would like to get him out pretty early to gain momentum and advantage early on in the innings when we are bowling.

"So he's obviously going to be a key player for them, you know when he bounces back he scores big hundreds so we have that in mind as well and we would like to get him out early."