It was not long ago that Virat Kohli was described as a fearless and a confident young guy, and now, with over ten years into international cricket, Kohli, 29, sees the same traits in the next crop of Indian cricketers.
It was not long ago that Virat Kohli was described as a fearless and a confident young guy, and now, with over ten years into international cricket, Kohli, 29, sees the same traits in the next crop of Indian cricketers.

It was not long ago that Virat Kohli was described as a fearless and a confident young guy, and now, with over ten years into international cricket, Kohli, 29, sees the same traits in the next crop of Indian cricketers.

“I think they’re not overawed by the scenario and I think that’s always going to be an advantage because the guys coming in can be fearless and start doing the job from game one which Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari have done. They’re supremely confident guys,” said Kohli during the pre-match presser ahead of the second Test against West Indies starting October 12 in Hyderabad.

Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw scored a century on debut in the first Test against WI while Hanuma Vihari, who made his debut in England, scored 56 in his first Test match under trying conditions. Another youngster, Rishabh Pant, notched up his maiden hundred in his second Test.

Kohli reckoned that because the youngsters are gaining experience playing against top quality oppositions in leagues like IPL – which was not the case 10-15 years back – the youngsters are now not overawed by the big stage.

“They’re already exposed to the environment that the international game would replicate,” said Kohli, adding, “But I’m sure it’s not as intense as 10-15 years back, when you didn’t have any exposure in this kind of cricket and suddenly you’re put out there in a Test match making your debut for India – the highest or toughest thing there could be. They have played in situations in the IPL where they play in front of so many people that they’re not nervous anymore of the big stage.”

However, Kohli did concede that the pressure of playing for the country will always be. “But there’s always pressure of playing for the country. When you get that cap in the morning of the game, there’s always butterflies in the stomach and I’m sure everyone feels that pressure.. Yes they might have that eagerness to perform or the pressure to perform, but I think they’re not overawed by the scenario,” added the Indian captain.

After the conference, India announced an unchanged 12-man squad as it had done for the Rajkot game. Uncapped pace bowler Shardul Thakur is the 12th man listed, which means that there will be no debut for Mayank Agarwal or Mohammed Siraj or a look-in for Hanuma Vihari.