Virat Kohli (Image courtesy: Getty)
Virat Kohli (Image courtesy: Getty)

Virat Kohli has successfully slipped into the shoes of his predecessor MS Dhoni. Though his leadership style has been in stark contrast to Dhoni’s, the results have come well for India. Kohli has led India in 31 matches, winning 23 of them. The last of them being a comprehensive 9-wicket win against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. Kohli is fantastic when it comes to run-chases and that is the same with the team as well. Electing to bowl, India restricted Sri Lanka to 215 and then made the chase look like a walk in the park. Kohli likes to keep things uncomplicated and he spoke about his ODI captaincy. A report from Hindustan Times, quoted Kohli as saying, “It’s very basic, simple. One-day cricket, T20 cricket, anything, you have to be positive in your mind-set. With the bat, you have to look to consolidate every situation; you have to stay one step ahead of the opposition. Even as a bowling unit, you need to look for wickets all the time. (With) ODI cricket there’s no guarantee. You can’t come back into the game… Sometimes, sides are better than you because they also have eleven quality players.”ALSO READ: Smith eager to face Kohli, says Michael Hussey

“Not change your mindset, always be aggressive, pick up wickets and try to save every run possible. That kind of environment, if created, rubs off on everyone and everyone gets into that zone of ‘you have the ball in hand you’re going for wickets first’.”

“The mindset, I feel has to be optimistic and positive. Taking wickets is the only way you can control runs in one-day cricket. If you give 30 in 10 overs and don’t take wickets, in the last 10 overs that’s going to be covered up.”

Kohli has a strategic mind-set and it comes no surprise that over 9 years back, he led a bunch of young Indians to their Under-19 World Cup triumph in Kuala Lumpur. India now take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Pallekele on Thursday.