Virat Kohli has expressed happiness over captaining India in all three formats © Getty Images
Virat Kohli has expressed happiness over captaining India in all three formats © Getty Images

Virat Kohli said it is a privilege that he was found worthy of taking the legacy forward and having the responsibility to lead the team in all three formats. He also said captaining in all three formats is not a situation of too much pressure and this is an opportunity to make the difference to the team’s fortune. Asked him about the pressure of captaining India, Kohli said, “I won’t say it is not a stressful job, however, it is fun”. Kohli also said captaincy is all about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of people around you. They were not too pleased with the way I presented myself, the way I was. When asked is it hard for him to captain a side having senior players, Kohli said it is a privilege and there is a lot of mutual respect in the change (dressing) room.

“The way I came up in my career is similar. I knew my strengths and weaknesses but people did not like me as such. My mistakes were not acceptable. That always gave me a mindset of doing things my way and finding a way to make it work, as there is no one way to do anything. You can have different ways, you can have different style till your intent is good,” said Kohli, who has played 176 ODIs so far.

Asked him about is he excited to lead in the World Cup, he said it is too far ahead. Kohli also said he gets goose bumps thinking of captaining India in World Cup.

“Because, it is an honour to be a captain in the World Cup if I still (remain) captain of the team that time,” he quipped. What was the best cricketing advice he got so far in his life, he said he got it from his hero Sachin Tendulkar.

“When I approached him about my game, the advice I got from was to believe in your own game and believe in the way you want to prepare and do not follow someone and that helped and from that onwards, I was really comfortable,” the skipper recalled.

Asked him about the most exhilarating moment, he said that from the team’s point of view, it was the winning moment of 2011 World Cup, watching the emotions of senior players and India getting back to the top position in Test cricket.

“On the personal ground, the most exhilarating moment was hitting the double century in Mumbai recently (against England) and playing against Australia in Mohali during (2016) T20 World Cup,” Kohli added.

Kohli will lead the Indian side in the three-match ODI series against England commencing January 15 in Pune.