Indian star Virat Kohli said Sunday he was ready for the in-your-face pressure in store for his Test captaincy debut against Australia in next month’s opening Gabba Test.

Kohli will become India’s 32nd Test captain with regular skipper MS Dhoni missing the start of the four-Test series in Brisbane on December 4 against the Australians because of a wrist injury.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said Dhoni would return to the helm for the remaining three Tests of the series. (Ganguly Unimpressed With India’s Preparation for Australia)

Responding to Australian paceman Peter Siddle’s taunt that he might find the rowdy crowd and added responsibilities “a bit daunting”, Kohli went straight on the front foot.

“Well that’s for me to know and for me to experience,” Kohli told reporters on Sunday ahead of the tourists’ opening hit-out against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide on Monday.

“I’ve played against him, he’s quite a competitive guy so I’m not surprised there’s already some banter starting from that end … (and) I don’t mind all that.
“I love leading the side. I love being captain.
“I don’t see any issues on why I can’t be up to the challenge.”

 

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