This is what Virat Kohli said on his fitness ahead of the England tour

[caption id="attachment_68597" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri during the pre departure press-conference ahead of going to Ireland and England. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli today denied all the rumours regarding his fitness ahead of the England tour. While talking to the media ahead of the departure, Kohli made it clear that he has fully recovered from the neck injury which he sustained during the IPL, and the match needed break has helped him to get prepared for the very important tour of England.

"I'm 100 percent ready to go. The neck is fine now. I've had six to seven sessions in Mumbai and I'm absolutely ready to go. I went through the fitness test as well and the body is feeling fine. I'm actually very excited to get back onto the field, which is a very rare feeling when you play so much of cricket. But in hindsight, these breaks really help. It freshens you up and gets you pumped to get back out there again," Kohli said.

Kohli was desperate to play the county cricket but he is not unhappy that he didn’t get a chance to play there due to the injury. But the India skipper thinks that what had happened was in his best interest.

"In hindsight when I look at it, I think what has happened was in my best interest. Yes, I wanted to go and experience the conditions in England; that's a place we haven't played to our potential. It's been four years since we last went there and one tends to forget how the scenario is like there. I wanted to witness the difficult phase of those conditions, like which Pujara and Ishant played in," Kohli added.

"But if I was 90 percent with my body and used to the conditions as compared to being 110 now and going in fresh, I would much rather be in this position. More than anything, you need to be fresh and attain 100 percent fitness before a long tour such as this."

India will be in England for almost two months, where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test matches.

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