New Delhi: Drafted into the side to infuse some stability to the vulnerable lower middle-order for the remaining two Tests against England, Indian batsman Virat Kohli is keen to make optimum use of the opportunity to cement his place in the national Test team.
Delhi boy Kohli has been called up to join the injury-hit Indian team, trailing 0-2 in the four-match series, as replacement for Yuvraj Singh, who have been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against England due to fractured left index finger.
As the visitors gear up to counter a rampaging England in the crucial third Test at Edgbaston after crushing to humiliating defeats in the first two, the 22-year-old Kohli believes that he will be able to justify his selection in the squad.
"Kohli is treating the England tour like a challenge. Before leaving for England to join the team, Kohli told me that he wants to make full use of the opportunity and justify his selection," Kohli`s coach Rajkumar Sharma told reporters.
"Kohli is desperate to win back his place in the Indian Test squad. He knows that it would be difficult to counter England`s seam attack under hostile conditions but my boy is ready for the challenge. With India`s No 1 Test status in danger and visitors trailing 0-2 in the series, Kohli believes that it will be his real test of character," he added.