Kohli promises ‘intensity’ to break hoodoo


India captain Virat Kohli has vowed to put it all on the line in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, in their quest to break a 22-year winless streak in Tests in Sri Lanka.

India haven't won a Test series in that country in more than two decades, and Kohli says he and his players have been preparing full out to end that run, and are also focusing on making sure Kumar Sangakkara goes out with a whimper, not a bang.

Kohli said: "I have been reminded many times about not winning in Sri Lanka for 22 years. There is no lacking in our skill, we lacked in composure on Australia tour, I am sure the guys have learned.

"I am pretty happy with what I have seen till now, the guys look pretty hungry. Responsibility is on the experienced batsmen to score and not put the lower order under pressure. Test cricket is one format that every member of Team India wants to do well in."

Of Sanga, he added: "We are confident to execute our plans against Sanga and the rest. More games to play in a series gives me a better chance to execute my plans. Our intensity in training is right up there."

The new skipper, who took over from MS Dhoni in January, says he's not worried about keeping his batting and skippering roles separated in his mind: "I don't like to relate my batting and captaincy.

"Leaving a ball outside the off stump has nothing to do with captaincy. On the field, I am talking about the bowling change and other things, not my batting."