Virat Kohli boasts of an impressive record as captain since taking over the reigns of Indian Test team two years ago and the right-hander feels the essence of being a leader lies in taking bold decisions and backing it to the hilt without thinking about consequences. Under Kohli’s leadership, India has won nine Tests out of 16 matches and lost only two with other five ending in draws. As a skipper, the aggressive Delhi batsman is yet to lose a Test at home.
By his own admission, Kohli has been an admirer of his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership abilities. “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,” Kohli said.
Kohli takes pride in donning the whites and feels that the leadership responsibility has made him a much better
cricketer. “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,” he said.
“That extra responsibility helped me play even better than I probably would have been. For me it is an honour to be able to wear whites and step onto that field for India. The way Test cricket tests you, nothing else can,” Kohli said.
At 27, Kohli captained India to the numero uno position in Test cricket and his hunger for success can be gauged from the fact that he and his teammates share a common goal — sustained excellence. “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.”
“To have the responsibility of making sure that we play well as a Test team is something that gives me lot of pride and I enjoy that. It is a challenge for you to test yourself and be able to take other players along and go towards one goal; which I think I have been put into is a position of privilege rather than a position of pressure,” Kohli said.