I would never ask the players to do what I cannot do myself : Virat Kohli
The last time Virat Kohli was in the Caribbeans, he had a forgettable Test series as he could score only 56 runs in three Tests in 2011. However, he began his second series in West Indies with a bang as he scored a memorable double century to help his team post a mammoth total of 566 for 8 (dec). In an exclusive interview with bcci.tv Kohli expressed his relief after finally scoring his first double ton in Test cricket.
“I made my debut here and it wasn’t a memorable series for me. Coming back here and getting a double hundred gives me a lot of satisfaction purely because of the fact that I have missed a couple of big scores in the past. I know I have the ability to get big hundreds,” he said.
“When you perform for a certain period of time, people are going to expect things from you, but I take that up as a blessing. If people expect me to go out there and perform, it is because they like the way I play. They want me to do well so that the team can do well. I always wanted to be in that position so I have no complaints about it. I rather feel happy about it and I feel grateful that I am in this situation,” he added.
Talking about the importance of Test cricket, the skipper said:“Test Cricket is the most important format as far as I am concerned and the whole of the team is concerned, so when you do well in Test Cricket, it gives you the job satisfaction like nothing else. I am really happy for this moment,” Kohli said. “The batsmen decided to take up the responsibility. As captain, I would never ask the players to do what I cannot do myself first and I have always believed in that.”
Having made the decision to play with five bowlers and six specialist batsmen, Kohli said that he had to lead from the front and expressed his happiness after doing that. He also heaped praise on other batsmen for their brilliant effort with the bat.
“Playing five batsmen is a bit of an added pressure on the batsman but that is what we want to take up as a challenge. I knew if I stay long enough at the crease, I will get the runs I required and the team requires at the same time, and ended up scoring at a very good rate,” Kohli said.
“We had very important contributions by Shikhar (84); understanding the responsibility. Ashwin batted beautifully and got a hundred (100) as well. Saha (40) contributed well and Mishra made 60 odd (53) in the end. All in all, it was a very good batting effort by everyone and something that we can be proud of. It is a bit of an added pressure (on the batsmen) but something that is what you want at this level of cricket,” he added.