Despite a series of controversies around BCCI and the honourable Supreme Court, the Indian team has kicked-off their long test season on home turf on a positive note.
After registering a clinical win in the historic 500th test against New Zealand in Kanpur, the hosts completed the formalities of series win in Kolkata.
Team India has once again reclaimed the numero uno spot in the ICC Test Team rankings. Skipper Virat Kohli has led this transformation with supreme effect and has played an instrumental role in teams’ success.
India has won 9 out of 16 test matches and lost only two under Virat’s leadership. The 27-year old is an instinctive commander and feels the essence of being a leader lies in taking bold decisions and backing it to the hilt without thinking about consequences.
Kohli admits that he has learned a lot of things from his former skipper MS Dhoni.
“Decision making is very hard at times and it takes a lot of courage to do that. I learned a lot from Dhoni seeing the way he made decisions.
"They might have been right or wrong but to convince yourself to make one decision and go forward with it; I think that is the essence of being a captain,” as quoted by PTI.
The Delhi-born batsman also takes immense pride in leading country in cricket’s longer format.
“It is an honour to be leading the Test team for the country. It is something that I take a lot of pride in.
To be a Test cricketer for starters and then to lead a Test side; for me it is paramount.
That extra responsibility helped me play even better than I probably would have been.” he said
Team India has won series' against South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand.
But, the real challenge still awaits when the team travels abroad for away tours in Australia, England and South Africa where they don’t have a great record in test cricket.
"We want to be a world-class team and there is no doubt about it in anyone’s head. You don’t think about being number one when you begin as captain but you obviously want to be on top in whatever format you play and that is all that we strive for,” Kohli
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