Kohli: India will not underestimate England

India will not be underestimating England in the opening match of their five-Test series in Rajkot on Wednesday, according to captain Virat Kohli.

England face India on the back of a 1-1 draw in Bangladesh, where they showed vulnerabilities against spin in the subcontinental conditions.

The hosts, meanwhile, will be hoping to continue the form that has seen them beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand in the longest format since August 2015.

However, England triumphed 2-1 in their previous Test series in India in 2012-13, so Kohli is keen to ensure his side do not become complacent.

"I wouldn't say that England struggled [in Bangladesh]. I think they played really well in the first game, second game Bangladesh played better in their conditions," said the skipper.

"We know England is a side that has come to India last time and played well, so we're not going to take anything for granted, although we are playing some good cricket.

"We want to focus on our strengths, but you cannot ignore the opposition altogether. At the same time you have to be confident in what you want to do as a team.

"That's something we have focused on and that's one reason we've been able to get the results we have in the past 12 to 14 months and that is something we want to continue.

"It's about having the right balance of not getting over confident and at the same time not giving too much importance to the opposition as well."

Kohli wants India to place the pressure on England and kick-start a positive series by taking control of the early proceedings.

He added: "On the field, the one thing that we always maintain is the intensity has to be high all the time because you want to make the opposition feel as if you can't afford to make a mistake, rather than giving them an opportunity to get into the game.

"The mindset is not to compete anymore, we want to win series, win Test matches, and for that we need to be at our A-game all the time, and even keep improving on your A-game as well.

"The guys are ready for the challenge. I think these kind of matches and series are something you play for. Against top sides, it tests your character, it tests your skill and you come out as a better cricketer regardless of the result."

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