Virat Kohli Lays Down his Long-Term Plan as a Skipper
Team India captain Virat Kohli who recently became the first-ever Indian, in particular, and Asian captain, in general, to clinch a Test series in Australia. However, in his recent interview, Kohli has expressed to make India ‘superpower’ in the Test fold, in particular.
“I wouldn’t say goal. But I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come,” Kohli told Star Sports.
Recently, in the four-match Test series, Kohli-led side scripted the history by 2-1 following remarkable all-round performances against Tim Paine’s Australian.
Interestingly, in 2018, Indian National Cricket Team had given best while donning the whites against South Africa and then England before reaping the rewards in series Down Under.
Aims for Test cricket domination:
While shedding on the fan-base across the cricketing globe, Kohli has thrust upon the respect for such traditional format. He has further emphasised the relevancy of the extended format.
“I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world,” Kohli said.
The 30-year-old batting stalwart Kohli reiterated the leadership often throws challenges despite having a merry run as a batsman. Pertinently, Kohli was handed over the captaincy role in 2014-15. It further saw him improving on that front by paying rich dividends.
Virat Kohli’s message for youngsters:
Kohli who has evolved as one of the most successful Test skippers, he believes specific issues will crop up if the format like Test cricket would be set out of sights among the young crop of cricketers. He added the limited-overs format holds its importance too.
“If we focus too much on shorter formats … yes, they’re important, but if we solely focus and look at them as an escape or an excuse to not be in the kind of situations that Test cricket presents to you, then I think there’ll start being a mental problem with the cricketers coming up,” Kohli maintained.
Kohli wants to continue with culture:
Kohli also talked about the norm of spectators waking up early in the wee hours of the morning [in India].
“As long as you’re willing to wake up every morning for five days and do the hard yards and go do the dirty work, if you’re willing to bat for two hours and not score a run for the team, I think that is what people should prepare [for],” Kohli further said.
The top-order batsman Kohli wants this culture to keep going in the same fashion. He has set a focus on the preamble to continue the tradition of Test cricket very much alive.
“And that will require the team to lay out a certain things. [It] that needs to be done and for the next lot to keep following. So the next lot that comes in, they have to maintain that vision. And then the people coming in will follow. I hope that continues. And I will try my level best for as long as I can to keep that culture going,” he concluded.
The Delhi-born star Kohli represented India in 77 Tests so far. He amassed 6613 runs at the average of 53.76. He has 25 hundreds and 20 half-centuries to his name in 131 innings.
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