Captain Kohli sees India as a cricket superpower.
Virat Kohli, in a recent interview to Star Sports, expressed that he wants to see India as a Test Cricket superpower. He said, “ I wouldn’t say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come. I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world.”
“So the next lot that comes in, they have to maintain that vision and then the people coming in will follow. I hope that continues and I will try my level best for as long as I can to keep that culture going,” he added.
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Kohli heaps praise on coach Ravi Shastri:
India’s win in Australia will inspire the next generation back home, a delighted Virat Kohli has said. #AUSvIND
— ICC (@ICC) January 7, 2019
“Ever since 2014, I think he’s [Shastri] one person who’s given me honest feedback whenever things required to be altered. I remember we sat down. I’d scored a Test century and a fifty in the same game in England, so he called me and he said, as far as batting is concerned, I’m not going to discuss anything with you now because you’ve done something which I am proud of and everyone is proud of. But as a captain, we need to start thinking how to get the best out of this team and how to tactically be spot on. And that really hit me because I felt like, you know, there’s so much more to captaincy than you sometimes think.”
“Just to be able to get feedback from a person who makes you feel like the small contributions are much bigger in the in the scheme of things than you going out there and scoring runs yourself [was useful]. It’s [about] how you speak to the players, how you motivate the team. How you take decisions in crunch situations, how you’re aware where the game is heading.”
Kohli says that Shastri has seen so much of the game that he knows where the game is heading. He adds that Shastri has been an amazing support to the team and has backed the team through and through.
“He one person, because he’s done so much commentary, and he’s seen the game so much and has played so much himself – just watching the game – he knows where the game is heading,” Kohli said.
“So just get getting feedback from him constantly has been the biggest help for me, in terms of moulding my own personality into the captaincy. He’s someone who has never tried to change me just to be able to fit into the captaincy mode. And I think that was the most important thing and he’s been the most amazing support for the team and someone who’s backed the team through and through.”
Kohli says that he has struck a perfect balance for the team. He adds that it was Shastri’s vision for the team to be fearless and he deserves all the credit.
“I think he’s struck the perfect balance for this team. And he’s the one person who was there when we were No. 7 [in the rankings] in 2014. He was there and you know the transition started under him. And we started feeding off that mindset and started bringing that in, which I could eventually go out there and boost more [on the field]. But I think it was his vision for us to be fearless and play a certain kind of cricket, which I think he deserves a lot of credit for.”
Indian Test Cricket
“I have a vision for India to be a superpower in Test cricket” – Virat Kohli
— ICC (@ICC) January 16, 2019
Test Cricket is the most important and difficult form of the game. It not only tests your cricketing skills i.e, batting, bowling and fielding to an extreme level but also your qualities as a person. It tests your patience, your determination, your ability to work hard and grind.
It’s definitely not for every cricketer. We have seen many wonderful limited overs players like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma etc. fail miserably in the longer format. Test Cricketers are in the league of their own. Their reputation, calibre and the sheer love that they get from the “elite” fans are unmatched to any limited overs star.
India has produced some gems in the longer format. Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Cheteshwar Pujara to name a few. India has also had resounding success in the country but victories away were far and few.
But, this young Indian team under Virat Kohli has belief in them that they can win abroad. 2018 was rather an eventful year for the Indian Test team. Victories in South Africa, England and now a test series win Australia is just a start for the current Indian team. Kohli not only became the first Indian Captain to win a Test series in Australia but also the first Asian.
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