Want India to be a cricketing superpower: Virat

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 15:11 hrs

India captain Virat Kohli has revealed that his long-term ambition as a captain is to see India dominate Test cricket. In an interview with Star Sports, Virat feels given the size of Indian fan base across the globe, that would give Test cricket the status it deserves. The world's best batsman right now also felt that Test cricket will stay relevant for a long time if given top priority by India.

"I wouldn't say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come. I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world," Kohli said. "If we focus too much on shorter formats - yes, they're important - but if we solely focus and look at them as an escape or an excuse to not be in the kind of situations that Test cricket presents to you, then I think there'll start being a mental problem with the cricketers coming up."

Kohli, the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia feels as a captain he has continued to evolve ever since he was handed the leadership duties for the first time during India's 2014-15 tour of Australia. He also acknowledged the advice given to him by India head coach Ravi Shastri last year, during a conversation which he said changed his mindset about leading in Tests.

"Ever since 2014, I think he's [Shastri] one person who's given me honest feedback whenever things required to be altered. I remember he told me in England that as a captain, we need to start thinking how to get the best out of this team. And that really hit me because I felt like, you know, there's so much more to captaincy than you sometimes think. Just to be able to get feedback from a person who makes you feel like the small contributions are much bigger in the in the scheme of things than you going out there and scoring runs yourself [was useful]," Virat said.

India are the number one Test side in the world but in order to achieve supremacy, some more results have to go India's way. Can this Virat-Shastri duo achieve them? Only time will tell.