India Test captain Virat Kohli is relishing the challenge of taking his team to Sri Lanka for the three Test series which starts on 12 August.
“It’s basically my first full assignment as Test captain,” Kohli said. “In Bangladesh we had one odd Test Match and it wasn’t a full-fledged series. So, it’s a new challenge for me and the whole team because we have such a young squad and so many new players are looking to build their careers.
“It is an exciting challenge to start as a new unit, it is exciting for me and the whole team.” he continued. “The team is very happy and putting in all the effort to do well in Test cricket.
“I am certain that if we prepare well and if we have the right kind of vision, we will do really well in Sri Lanka and I am very confident of the whole team and hopefully I can do the job given to me by the BCCI and the faith that has been shown by them over all these years.”
Kohli, who played for India A against Australia A in Chennai in a bid to get his game grooved ahead of Sri Lanka, said: “As a batsman, I have always been very responsible the way I play cricket and it comes from wanting to win the game for the team every time I play.
“So, I don’t think I need to change too much in that aspect and I guess this was the main reason that the board thought that I could be the man to take up the responsibility of the team… I always want to give 100 percent.
“Putting in that extra effort, I don’t think is required because I have always played in a responsible way for the team and I will continue to do that till I play for my country.”
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