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Bring it on! says Kohli
Omkar Paranjape | Thursday, 12 January 2017 AT 09:54 AM IST
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Pune: Added responsibility often hinders many, while a select few thrive on it. His Test performances over past two years are clear indicative that Virat Kohli clearly is cut above the rest when it comes to handling the added pressure of captaincy.

Kohli, who is in the city to prepare for the first of the three One Day Internationals against England, said that he was “really looking forward to leading the team”. Kohli, who had the reins of India’s Test team, was appointed as the skipper in the shorter formats of the game too after MS Dhoni decided to step down from the position.

Kohli said that he believes in leading by example.

“Added responsibility has always worked for me in the sense that you have no room to be complacent or relax at any stage.  “Even in the IPL, it’s very easy to throw my wicket away after example and I have to firstly make that kind of effort before asking my team-mates to do it.”

“Crossing 60 or 70 runs. But I push after that because I realise that as captain I have to set an example and I have to firstly make that kind of effort before asking my team-mates to do it.”


Virat Kohli (right) and Mandira Bedi during an interactive session on the occasion of the opening of shopping mall Nitesh Hub in Koregaon Park on Wednesday.  

Changing formats-

On whether his mindset changes according to the format of the game, Kohli’s answer was as subtle as his famed cover drive.

“For me the most important thing is that the team should realise that the ultimate goal is to win,” he said.

“In this day and age you have to play consistent cricket at a very high intensity for a very long time to win the game. That is one of the things that we have been able to do in Test matches. We have become more resolute, patient and mentally stronger than the opposition. We test them to the limit and force them to make a mistake.”

“I didn’t realise myself when this transition happened, from starting off as a player just wanting to play for India and now having the responsibility to be captain in all three formats,” he said.
“For every child it is a dream to just play for the country and this is the biggest day of my life.”

Best on field moment -

Kohli was quizzed about his most memorable on-field moment, to which he recalled his blistering knock of 81. India had been set a target of 161, and they were fading away at 94 for 4 in the 14th over.

The required run-rate had hit double-digits as early as in the 10th over, but Kohli took it head on and did so by trusting his game.

“That inning in Mohali against the Aussies along with the double ton in Mumbai against England in recently concluded Test series are my best knocks,” the skipper opined.
 
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