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Updated: February 24, 2014 00:55 IST

It is exciting to lead a young team: Kohli

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Virat Kohli.
AP Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli, in keeping with his effervescent image, brimmed with confidence about India’s chances in the Asia Cup at the team’s arrival press conference, here on Sunday.

Excerpts:

Dhoni’s absence

We have been very consistent in the One-Day format, and one big reason has been his consistency and captaincy. His not being there is a big change, but I am sure guys like Dinesh Karthik will make the most of the opportunity.

High success-rate as captain

I have captained in only about eight games, and things have been pretty good thus far [India won seven of those matches]. But the Asia Cup is my first big tournament as captain. It excites me to have a young group that I can have a chat with, and it gives me a chance to test where I stand as an International captain.

Stepping into Dhoni’s shoes

I don’t think this is anything compared to what he [Dhoni] has gone through in the past few years. It’s a completely different thing if you’re regularly captaining the side and taking so much criticism. I am not in a position to experience all that now because I have got this one off opportunity as was the case in the past.

I don’t think I need to change too much about the way I approach the game.

Bucking the losing trend

We didn’t have a great tour to New Zealand, but like how you have a bad series after a few good series, you can change it around in this case as well. One good performance and the momentum is with you.

Difficulty in living up to the ‘youth icon’ tag

It’s as difficult as I want to read into it. I play cricket with honesty and passion, and that’s what people connect to. Again, off the field, it isn’t my aim to show people that I have a new hairstyle or something. I do things I like, and if people like that it’s not a bad thing.

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Kohli should not be rushed into captaincy responsibilities. His time
will come. He needs to mature under the ever cool Dhoni for some more
time.

from:  N.S.Venkatraman
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 06:35 IST

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has suggested that Virat Kohli
replace Dhoni as India’s Test captain. One feels, Virat Kohli is not
the correct person for the job now, as his aggression may be good for
batting but not leading the other members to a definite goal. He needs
to wait for a couple of years more, observe Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s
approach in the hot seat and then take up the responsibility.
from:  S. Ramakrishnasayee
Posted on: Feb 24, 2014 at 16:08 IST

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