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Kohli: Added responsibility has always worked for me
He had established himself in the Test side as a batsman when circumstances led him to captain the Indian Test side in their series opener in Australia at the end of 2014. A few weeks later, MS Dhoni had announced Test retirement and then the Kohli era in Tests began, in which he not only took up the responsibility but also ensured India regained the numero uno spot in the longest format in late 2016.
This time though with MS Dhoni stepping down from limited overs captaincy a good 1 and a half week before India's first ODI, it gives Virat more time to prepare before he takes the field as India's limited overs captain against England on the 15th of this month at Pune. For what it's worth, Kohli had already won a 50 over U-19 World Cup captaining a young Indian side before he made his ODI debut.
A better prepared Kohli said that he was eager to lead India across all the formats. In an interview to a news portal, Kohli said, "I didn't realize 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."
"For every child it is a dream to just play for the country and this is the biggest day of my life."
MS Dhoni has been one of the greatest Indian skippers and when the baton passes in the hands of Kohli, the expectations double.
"Obviously on the field I would be running to him a lot. I would want him to totally enjoy his cricket now. The team would be in a very solid place if MS Dhoni enjoys his cricket," he added.
In the 2016 IPL, Kohli did the impossible - scored 4 centuries in the entire season and proved that he'd only matured as a batsman after taking up captaincy.
"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 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 teammates to do it."
After an emphatic series triumph against England in the Tests, Kohli was asked if his approach as a captain would shift depending on the format.
"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."
Virat Kohli has only excelled as a batsman across formats and as a leader in Tests. He led us to the finals of the 2016 IPL and likes to lead by example. We wish Kohli all the luck on his new journey as team India's limited overs skipper and look forward to this new and bold era!