Asia Cup 2014 February 23, 2014

Kohli prepared for captaincy test


A chance to test where I stand - Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, India's stand-in captain, has said his temporary role does not have the added pressure that MS Dhoni faces on a regular basis as the team's leader. Kohli was appointed captain for the Asia Cup after a side strain ruled Dhoni out of the Asia Cup and this will be his third leadership stint, after the tri-series in West Indies and the ODIs in Zimbabwe last year.

"I don't think this is anything compared to what he has gone through in the past few years," Kohli said. "I am captain for just one tournament. It is completely different from regularly captaining the side. When you win, you're praised, when you lose, you're criticised. It is all a part of it.

"I am not in a position right now to experience all that. I have got this one-odd opportunity like I did in the past as well. I am sure it is a very tough position to be in. You have to be ready to take all the criticism and praise that comes your way."

In the past, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have captained India in limited overs in Dhoni's absence. Gambhir won all six of the ODIs he captained in 2010 and 2011, while Raina won four of nine ODIs and all three T20s in which he led the side. Sehwag led India to victory in seven of the 12 ODIs he captained and the sole T20. Kohli, who stepped in as Dhoni's replacement during a tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, began with a loss but has since won all seven matches he has captained.

These numbers are minor when compared to the 159 matches that Dhoni has led, with a success rate of 55.34%. Kohli will lead a young side with only a few members as experienced or as successful as him in ODI cricket. He said he wanted a smooth communication channel with the players, which he believed would help him understand them better.

"I have only been captain for about eight games till now," Kohli said. "It went pretty good but this is a big tournament. It's a challenge I'm looking forward to. We have got a young group of guys and some exciting players.

"I think that excites me to have a group that I can have a chat with and be on the same page. It's important to have an understanding. It's really exciting for me to improve the record which is already good. I'm looking forward to the tournament."

When asked about the big game against Pakistan on March 2, Kohli said the focus was on winning the Asia Cup.

"Obviously we are here to win the tournament. We haven't just come here to play one game and go back home, that's not our aim.

"Our aim is to win every game that we play. A game against Pakistan is always a hyped game for us, obviously a big pressure match. We take every game the same way. You know, the aim is to win the tournament, not just one game, and make sure the people are happy."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Virat Kohli is the best batsman of the team.

  • ESPN on February 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Same as dhoni .. Trying to bring pacers if wicket doesn't fall in middle overs ..pls take care these scenario ..this more than enough .

  • Muhammad on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    No doubt Kohli is a good player. But without Dhoni India is half it's batting strength. Moreover managing such poor bowling attack will be tough for Kohli.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    My line up for BD & AFG matches.(I think in all 5/6 matches if they can perform their role.)

    1.Dhawan 2.Poojara 3.Kohli 4.Aswin 5.Jadeja 6.Kartik 7.Rohit/Rayudu/Rahane 8.Binny 9.Kumar 10.Shami/Aaron 11.Panday.

    Shami & Aaron are very inconstistant. On their day they can take 3/4 wickets & other day they can taken apart for 80 odd runs. We shoud have one of this type not both.

    Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu are averaging under 35 in both LA & ODIs. that shows they can't play at top of the order. They should play at sloger.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I think against BD we should try out some players. We should do some experiment to select proper team for WC2015.

    Play Poojara with Dhavan as opner.

    Aswin is matured batsman. He can play at no.4 & bowl some handly 5-6 overs.(In SC he will bowl 10 but 5-6 outside India.)

    Play Binny as a all rounder. He can bat well.(He has 100 in last FC played.) Bowl some handly 6-7 overs in death/powerplay. It would be hard to score fast against his medium pace bowling & cutters.

    Try Panday. He is young, energetic who can bowl far batter than Ishant.

    Tell Bhuvi not to be more defencive. just attack and try to get early wickets like he has done early in his career. Caption should tell him not to worry about runs considerd.

    Jadeja is not man who can spin big. But he is more than handful with his perfect line & length. Caption should tell him to consantrate on his ability & not to overret himself.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    To become superpower in world & win worldcup2015 India have to have genuine fast bowling all rounder. India have Jadeja & Aswin as spin bowling allrounders but not enough to play in NZ SA/AUS/ENG/WI. all teams have one/two fast bowling allrounders as their key sucess. ENG-Bopara & Stokes SA-Kallis & Maklaran AUS-Faulkner & Watson WI-Sammy & Polard & Bravo SL-Methews & Parera & Kulasekera NZ-Andersan. So I think India should use Binny in all ODIs and bring R Dhavan/Nayar/Shukla/ Bhatiya as another allrounder.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    People who want Amit Mishra instad of Aswin.

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact. I am not telling Aswin is best. We can replace him with young guy but not with worst Amit.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Some digits of AVG of Indian cricketers taken from suggest that players playing at LA avg of 50 is not taken and players with LA avg of 35 is playing every is list.

    Player LaAvg (La matches)+ODIsavg (ODIs)

    Pujara 54.57 (68) Kedar Jadhav 51.11 (44) SR 106.36 Kohli 51.01 (164) + 51.85 (130) Dhoni 52.06 (300) + 53.28 (243) Dhawan 46.37 (136) + 41.00 (35) KL Rahul 52.53 (15) Juneja 44.23 (22)

    Raina 36.55 (244) + 35.35 (189) Yuvraj 37.65 (374) + 36.37 (293) Rahane 34.37 (86) + 22.30 (23) Rohit 36.85 (186) + 35.68 (119) Rayudu 36.25 (71) Uthappa 36.94 (136) + 27.10 (38) Yusuf Pathan 33.83 (145) + 27 (57) D Kartik 36.33 (161) + 28.06 (67) Sehvag 34.44 (324)+ 35.05 (251) Gambhir 37.55 (261) + 39.68 (147)

    How can we except players don't have 40+ avg at LA level will be a great ODI player? We should have 3 players in top 5 with avg of 50+ & 1 avg of 40+.

  • Dhairy on February 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Hope Jadeja whould get a chance to bat up in the order. He never get chance to set and play. He plays at no.7 in odis where he has to loft only. He played 6 tests before. only once (delhi test against aus) he got a chance to score and found a solid partner at other end. He responded with 44 (243 total). He plays at no.7. So he never get a pqrtner who can stay at there. he hit 3 triple 100s last year at FC. ( he bats at no.4 there.)

  • Manas on February 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    For all Rohit detractors here, I just saw Mahela Jayawardene's ODI record...He averages only 33 odd after 408 games...Isn't Rohit doing slightly better than him?

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