England players are gearing up for the mega four-match Test series against the Indian team in the Indian soil starting February 5.
English spinner Moeen Ali has praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and said that the captain will be now more motivated and play fearlessly after a spectacular performance of his team against Australia.
“He’s very motivated to do well and I’m sure he’ll be even more motivated after they did well in Australia and he had to leave for the birth of his child,” Ali said in an interaction with England’s media.
The left-handed batsman, has troubked India with his off-spin too in the previous tour and he was one of the leading wicket taker when England visted India in 2016.
“I don’t know how we’re going to get him out (specifically) because I don’t think he has any sort of weakness but we have a good bowling attack, some pace in the line-up,” added Ali.
Ali has in total 181 wickets in 60 Tests matches he played while he 218 runs short of 3,000 Test runs. His last Test century incidentally back in 2016 and that too in Chennai. Chennai will be the spot for the first two Tests of the forthcoming series next month.
“That is my biggest motivation really. I still feel I’ve got wickets and runs in me and match-winning performances within me. I have little targets I want to achieve first. I am not too far away from getting 200 wickets,” said Ali.
“I know people say they don’t look at these things but it would be something I would look at. Then I would set another target after that.”
Ali has not played any Test match since Ashes 2019 where he was dropped from the team after his poor form. He officially announced a break from the format.