India tour of Ireland and England 2018: “I’m 100% ready to go. The neck is fine now. I have had six to seven sessions in Mumbai. I have had good practice. I am absolutely ready to go. Went through a fitness test as well so body is feeling fine. I’m actually excited to get back on the field which is a very rare thing when you play so much cricket but I think these sort of breaks really help and mentally they make you fresh and excited to go back on the pitch again,” Kohli said.
India will play a two-match T20I series in Ireland, followed by three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests against England.
“This is just another series for me individually, but for us as a team, this is a very exciting time. After what happened in South Africa, we’re actually looking forward to playing more difficult Test cricket. That I feel is the best thing that can happen. You don’t want to go to England saying, ‘Oh the Test series isin one month’. We want it to actually be sooner. That’s the kind of excitement we take along with us. It’s the same case with the ODIs and the T20s. It’s just a great phase for Indian cricket.”
The two T20Is against India will both be played at Dublin, on June 27 and June 29.
Squad: Gary Wilson (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson
“The selectors have chosen what we believe to be a strong, in-form squad for this format of the game that balances experience with youth,” said Andrew White, Chairman of National Men’s Selectors for Cricket Ireland