After being made the new Test captain of India Virat Kohli made his intentions pretty clear that by saying: “We have learned enough. Now it’s time to win Test matches,” which clearly states his aggressive mindset as a captain. Kohli stressed on the need of positivity from his team and said he learned a lot from the tour of Australia and want to improve in all the aspects of the game. Kohli also stressed about the importance of fitness and how to manage the workload of the bowlers.
Under the captaincy of Dhoni, India often used to see seven batsman and four bowler theory, whereas Kohli insisted that he is a big fan of five bowler theory and picked five bowlers for the one off Test against Bangladesh. Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron were picked in the playing eleven with Bhuvneshwar Kumar missing out opting for more pace. Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh were the two spinners included in the side. Kohli also added that the inputs of Ashwin, Harbhajan and Ishant are very handful.
Coming to the batting department Kohli picked Rohit Sharma ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, who is coming back after a successful county season and this decision came as a surprise for many. Pujara also expressed his desire to play at any number his team wants. A player of his caliber will soon make the place in the Indian team. This is also a good opportunity for Rohit to make some runs and cement his place in the team. KL RAHUL who made a excellent start to his career by scoring a century at the SCG couldn’t make the playing eleven due to an injury which paved way for Dhawan and he utilized it to the maximum extent by scoring an unbeaten 150 from 158 balls.
The 26 year old skipper also spoke about keeping a healthy dressing room atmosphere and wanted to improve from the mistakes that was made in the past. He said: “We do have our plans, we have our goals set, we will take one match at a time and we are ready for the fresh start against Bangladesh and looking forward for a good 3-4 years of Test Cricket.” This looks promising and there are lots to look forward in the coming years in Test cricket under the captaincy of Kohli and hopefully India shines more in Test cricket under his captaincy.