India's new captain Virat Kohli has said that playing in a World Cup as the team's skipper will be the biggest accomplishment of his life. Kohli also said that the management is going to give youngsters enough chances in order to help their development on the international stage.
"Just hearing about the World Cups gives me goosebumps, I've played one, I've played a couple of T20 World Cups, but to play a World Cup as captain of India would be the biggest achievement of my life," Virat Kohli, India's newly appointed captain across all formats, told BCCI.tv on Sunday.
However, the Indian skipper made it clear that immediate results cannot be expected from the team as it mostly comprises of young players.
"The thing that needs to be understood and addressed here is that it is a gradual process. The good thing is that everyone is young, everyone is excited to grow as cricketers, which is the most exciting place that a captain can be in, with of course the inputs and guidance of MS himself. I think it's a wonderful phase for Indian cricket where the youngsters coming in really have an opportunity to seal their spots for that big occasion," Kohli said.
The 28-year old also expressed his excitement at leading the side into the Champions Trophy which will be played in June this year, in the United Kingdom.
"We have a Champions Trophy coming up as well and everyone's really excited and raring to go for it. That's what I know," the Delhi batsman said.
Kohli also felt that the team is searching for the right combination of players, while also pointing out there will be ample amount of opportunities for the younger members of the squad.
Everyone is fighting for places in the ODI squad, we're still figuring out what are the best combinations that we have. So the main goal is to identify players who can play in different positions, who can work around the batsmen who are featuring in the ODI set-up for a long time.
At the same time, giving them ample time to prepare for big events and not rush them into any sort of plans that they can't execute. Keeping things simple, giving players space and time to grow, but at the same time understanding who is suited
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WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.