I want to play every Test match: Virat Kohli

Delhi: Oct 28, 2012

Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli, who will be representing Delhi in the Ranji Trophy clash against Uttar Pradesh, said all he wants to do is play each and every Test match.

“I have always believed that in the Test format I just want to play every match. I don’t really mind any position in Tests as long as I am playing the game. As of now I am pretty happy where I am batting. In future if I am needed to bat at No. 3 I am ready because I have batted at this position not only for India in one-dayers but Delhi as well. I am really keen to bat at any position the team wants me to.”

“It is important to get back into the Test mode. It is not easy. I experienced that in the New Zealand series. In the first match I couldn’t stop my bat on a few occasions and paid the price, getting out (for a 58) when I should have converted it into a big hundred. I want to get back into the zone of being patient,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

Kohli, who is in good form and has been performing consistently, also said, “I would love to preserve it.”

“I have been in that kind of zone for a while and I hope I continue to be in that zone for a long time,” Kohli said after a training session at the Feroz Shah Kotla grounds on Saturday.

When asked about critics’ reactions about his on-field approach and behavior, Kohli replied, “I don’t really pay attention to a lot of things that are being said about me or what people discuss about me. For me, it is about enjoying my role and game. It doesn’t matter how many runs you have scored or what position or what role you play in the team.”

The 23-year-old says that with Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retiring from Test cricket, the pressure and responsibility on the young players have increased.

Now that two of our best batsmen have retired it puts more responsibility on us to play that role pretty early on in our career. I feel it is a great thing for us. You just don’t want to be on the sidelines. It is better to get into the middle and come out on top of it.”

Talking about playing the short bal, Kohli said, “Most of them play it so beautifully; a good bouncer can trouble any batsman in the world. If someone bowls a good bouncer it is a good bouncer. If you get out to that then give the bowler the credit. If you get out to a cover-drive nine times out of 10 then no one talks about it, but getting out to a short ball becomes different. I have never seen Indians bounced out in any Test match that I have seen.”