Eoin Morgan, the English skipper said that India is a strong team and it will be a big challenge for the visitors to beat them at their home but the skipper stated that they are ready for the special experience, which awaits them in the upcoming ODI series.
In suburban Malad, Morgan told reporters, "Yes, I am really looking forward to it. Playing against India in India is special experience. (They) are a strong side and hard to beat at home. I think that's something we are looking forward to as a side (and) it's going to be a challenge. It is only a short series, but we think we can learn a lot from it,"
The English skipper along with the Vice-captain Jos Buttler attended a Net Session, which was organized by Hyper CITY retail in association with Waitrose, which is one of the super-chains in England this afternoon.
When asked whether he would like to carry his form from the Tests to ODI series? He said, "Little bit, yes obviously. Good to play before Christmas, we got used to conditions and stuff. But the ODI matches will be completely different. We have got a different side but every time you come, you have to re-adjust and get ready for the matches accordingly,"
After the sudden resignation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the limited-overs captain, Virat Kohli will be leading India as a new skipper in ODI series against England. When asked about his reaction, Morgan replied, "He (Kohli) is a natural successor. One thing we do as a side, (is) that we don't look at the opposition that much and focus firmly on ourselves and on what we need to do in this series."
England will play the first ODI in Pune on January 15. When asked whether two warm-up games were sufficient to fine-tune to the conditions? He replied,
"Any ODI series we play, we don't have a great deal of preparation going into it. So a lot of guys (players) do preparations in the lead up to a tour, which the guys have,"
Buttler accepts as true that playing against India on their home soil is a great challenge for every visiting team. He stated, "It's a great challenge (playing India in India). We are very lucky to come here and play as probably (it is one) of the best places to play in front of the crowds, it is a great challenge (and) everyone in our side is looking forward to that,"
When asked on the personal front whether he is making any special preparation against India? The 26-year-old right-handed batsman replied,
"Three months in the subcontinent before Christmas, practicing against spin, we fairly had good preparation and are looking forward to the matches,"