Well this is certainly a turning point in the life of Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian test team, as he is ready to register the much sought after victory against Bangladesh in the only test beginning in Fatullah today. Although Kohli had earlier led India in two Tests Down Under, but that was kind of a stop-gap arrangement Now Virat Kohli, who has been formally appointed Test captain, is fully prepared to make a mark in this prestigious assignment.
He said “That time (in Australia) I knew that I was stepping in for MS because he was injured in the first Test. Actually, from Sydney , I became full-time Test captain. Now comes the realization. It is pretty special. I never thought that at 26 I will captain the Indian Test side,”
He further added “To play Test cricket for India but in all these years I have matured and people around me, the BCCI and my teammates, thought that I was the right guy for the job and I am grateful for that. I have a vision in my mind which I have discussed with my team and we are all on the same page. It will be a special thing for me when I go out to toss the coin. It will be something to cherish when I finish my career”.
Giving a glimpse of his bold, blunt and rare insight into his mental outfit, Kohli freely disclosed that he intends to ignore pressure from external sources. He thoroughly explained, “I have got enough pressure of my own to deal with. So I don’t really take pressure from what someone else has to say about me. My pressure right now comes from my own expectations,”
Also stressing his view point to set an example before others through a sensible and responsible batting despite pressure, he described, “Whether you are captain or not, when you go out to bat it is normal to feel pressure when you face the first few balls. I feel I have become more responsible as a batsman when I am leading the team because I believe in doing something first before asking anyone else to do it. If I am not able to bat in a mature way then I can’t say something with authority to the other members.”