Virat Kohli is not burdened by the responsibility of leading India in all three formats, rather he is delighted to be given the big responsibility. The 28-year-old took over the reins from MS Dhoni and his first limited-overs assignment starts with the three-match series against England.
India will play England in three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting with the first one-dayer on Sunday in Pune.
“I haven’t felt it a burden at all. I’m delighted to be given captaincy in all three formats,” Kohli told in his first press conference after being appointed India’s limited-overs captain. Also read- (India vs England 1st ODI 2017: MS Dhoni turns fast bowler in nets; bowls to Manish Pandey, watch video)
However, he lauded Dhoni and elucidating on his role, Kohli said the former captain’s views will be priceless.
“His word would be the one I would trust on DRS. He is the most intelligent cricketer around. Me and Dhoni have always understood our kind of operation out in the middle. His views will be priceless,” Kohli said. (India start favourites, chance for England to better head-to-head record)
Kohli emphasised about finding the right team combination going into the Champions Trophy in June and said there won’t be much experimentation in these three ODIs against England.
“We won’t experiment much in these three games. We’re going to find a combination and stick with it till the Champions Trophy. These three games, we’re taking them as knock-outs games in our own heads, keeping the Champions Trophy in mind.”
The captain also assured that no players have any injury concerns and looking in good touch leading into the series.
“Everyone is fine and available for selection, no injury concerns. I’m happy all three (Dhawan, Rahane, KL Rahul) are in good space now. (It) makes my job easier,” Kohli said.