While there are slight questions raised consistently on Virat Kohli’s achievements as captain, the Indian skipper believes he has already accomplished a lot. The 32-year old is one of the most aggressive Indian captains has had in history and has recorded some significant victories away from home. The right-handed batsman feels he has achieved the goal of creating a favourable environment for all the players.
Despite his excellent record as a skipper, the Indian captain does not have an ICC trophy under his belt. Virat Kohli’s yet another bid to earn a global title ended in an eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the ICC Test Championship final in Southampton in June. Kohli’s lack of runs with the bat was one of the factors significantly responsible for India’s loss.
Virat Kohli stated he has achieved what he aimed to as a captain, which is to formulate an environment for players to thrive. The 32-year old claimed that he does not see players wasting their time on the field while playing or during training sessions. Kohli spoke in awe of the professional attitude and the players complying with the required fitness level, having as minimum injuries possible.
“In my mind, I have already achieved what I wanted to as a leader. Which is to create an environment and culture where people strive for excellence everyday. When I see us practising now, every session that we play, no one is wasting their time on the field. That for me is so, so important because I’d rather have an hour of quality practice and I’ve done everything that I have to do, rather than lurking around for 2 to 2.5 hours and fooling around for an hour in between. I don’t see anyone doing that anymore. It’s absolutely precise and professional. At the age group level, you know that if you want to play for India, you got to be fit. You need a certain fitness level. Fsat bowlers coming in now are ready to bowl 20 overs, easy. They’re fit, hardly have any niggles,” Kohli stated as quoted by Sky Sports.
I feel I have done my job in the transitional phase: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli further claimed he has done his job well in the transitional phase after taking over from MS Dhoni. The Delhi-born cricketer feels that the gameplay has moved several notches up; however, India has produced favourable results in the last few years. He said he believes in the team remaining focussed, especially when travelling.
“I feel I have done my job in the transitional phase. After MS Dhoni left, cricket evolved. It changed, the pace of the game starting moving notches higher and we moved with time, stayed up to speed. The results in the last 5-6 years are there for all to see. We’re one team which everyone is wary of when we travel. That’s all that I wanted to see as captain,” he added.