When Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to step down as India’s captain, Virat Kohli was picked as the perfect replacement. In a recent interview with BCCI TV on 6th January, he said that his coming into leadership at a time when 2019 World Cup is just around the corner excites him.
“Just hearing about the World Cups gives me goosebumps, I’ve played one, I’ve played a couple of T20 World Cups, but to play a World Cup as captain of India would be the biggest achievement of my life,” said Virat.
It is clear that the 28-year old sees the prospect of taking India into the biggest cricket event in the world as a major career achievement.
The new captain has already turned his attention in building up his team for the World Cup in England in 2019.
But even as he takes up the new role, he is aware that the big shoes he has stepped in will need more than just one person to fill. He acknowledges that after much joint effort, they will soon begin to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
“It is vital that we all understand this is a gradual process,” said Kohli. He expressed excitement with the fact they are all young and that everyone is hopeful. It is the “most exciting place that a captain can be in,” he added.
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Virat Kohli – Tougher Job Ahead
But even as the Indian Cricket team looks at the bigger picture, the captain still has more tasks before the 2019 World Cup. His most immediate major role will be to lead the team in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England. This is a significant competition and has even been branded as a “Mini World Cup.”
So far his team has won the 2011 World Cup under the leadership of the resigned captain. In order to lift the trophy in 2011, India beat Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
Kohli was thankful to Dhoni for having thought highly of him by allowing him an opportunity to lead India in the upcoming critical matches. “I feel very grateful that I have been given this opportunity. I am very thankful to MS Dhoni,” for having thought of him to be worthy the job.
He insisted that despite the 35-year old stepping down, he will always be his captain. He praised Dhoni for having let him to grow as a young cricketer who “saved me from getting dropped from the team many a times.”
A player with a good reputation
The year 2016 was an unforgettable one for the right handed batsman. He has scored over 1000 runs in Tests and also smashed three double centuries.
When he played for the T20’s, Kohli still managed to establish an enviable record. He smashed 973 runs in the Indian Premier League and took the Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way to the finals. Despite losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad, his side had one of their best plays ever.
He will make his first appearance as a captain in an upcoming ODI and T20I series against England on January 15th. He looks forward to lead as an example.
Source: Cricket Country