Captain Kohli ready to kick off IPL 6
He has lead the team on previous occasions when Daniel Vettori was injured. Ahead of his first season as full time skipper, Kohli was more involved, sharing ideas on the kind of players RCB should target at the 2013 IPL player auction.
On the eve of their first match, against Mumbai Indians on their home ground, Kohli answered a few questions.
On his involvement as RCB’s captain
Kohli insisted upon strengthening the team’s pace attack, getting a lot of bowlers in the February auction- 3 Indian seamers and the West Indian Ravi Rampaul. RCB’s all rounder acquisitions Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian and Christopher Barnwell bowl medium pace too.
"With Indian bowlers, if you don't have the regular guys doing well, then you always have six or seven fresh options who can come into the side and are confident. Last year we were not to our 100% because of injuries to bowlers - we had to persist with a set of bowlers that did not probably work for us. So, this year, I insisted that we pick a lot of bowling options,” said Kohli.
"Our batting has been doing well for the last three years consistently.” he added, when asked about the relative lack of churn in RCB’s batting stocks.
Previous stints as RCB captain
Admitting to his naivety in his previous stints as captain, Kohli says he is wiser now.
“I've always enjoyed captaincy, last year and the year before that too. There were a few off moments, like in 2011 we played Kings XI Punjab in Dharamsala and I got the bowling combination wrong, and we ended up giving 220 runs on a green wicket. I was not too good with the field placements either but, yes, all that was a good learning curve.”
On RCB’s first season without Anil Kumble
Kohli said he learnt a lot by observing Anil Kumble’s working style.
“His captaincy style is something I would like to follow, as Kumble always gave in his 100% , pushing the other players to perform well.”
“He was always someone who would help the players in any way we wanted. Whether it was any sort of issues or about cricket.”