Virat Kohli is all set to play his first one day international as the full time skipper of the Indian Team after MS Dhoni stepped down as captain. After MS Dhoni’s sudden resignation as the skipper of ODI as well as T20 team, Virat Kohli, now, has the responsibility of all the three formats.
With major events like Champions Trophy and World Cup 2019 in sight, many experts see this as the good opportunity for the new skipper and the team members to get accustomed to each other’s ways in the shorter format of game.
Champions Trophy is just six months away and Kohli has plenty of time to figure out his plans and draw a roadmap. The coming series against England will be very crucial for Virat and it will surely test his captaincy skills.
Captaining three formats ‘quite surreal’: Kohli
For Virat Kohli, captaining in all the three formats of the game is ‘quite surreal’ and something he never thought would happen to him.
‘It is quite surreal. I never thought this day is going to come in my life. When I came to the team, I was always looking to perform, get more opportunities and build solid consistent carrier and contribute to the team in winning games’, said the new skipper.
He added, ‘I feel everything is God sent. Anything happens to you, happens for a reason and happens at a right time in your life.’
Talking about his captaincy, he said that it comes with a lot of responsibilities which makes him a better cricketer and a better person.
Admitting that captaincy is a stressful job, he said that being a captain of Indian team is a different game altogether.
He added that despite being stressful it is ‘fun.’ He described captaincy as ‘hot seat’ in terms of attention, criticism, praise and all other similar things.
‘Split captaincy does not work in India’: Dhoni
Explaining his sudden decision to step down as Indian captain, Dhoni said, ‘split captaincy does not work in India.’ He also emphasized that there should only be one leader.
‘I don’t believe in split captaincy. For the team there has to be only one leader. Split captaincy does not work in India. I was waiting for the right time. I wanted Virat to ease into the job. There is no wrong decision in it. This team has potential to do well in all three formats. I felt it was right time to move on’, said Dhoni.
Backing Virat Kohli as captain he said, ‘Virat and this team will win more games than me. I firmly believe that this will be the team that will rewrite history.’
Virat Kohli will lead the ODI team from 15th January in a series that will be played against England.