India captain Virat Kohli reckons that leading an international team in all the three formats of cricket is a surreal task for him. He had never thought of this day would come so early in his career.
Talking to media persons, Kohli said, "It is quite surreal. I never thought this day is going to come to my life. When I came to the team, I was always looking to perform, get more opportunities and build a solid consistent career and contribute to the team in winning games."
Previously, Virat was just leading India's test squad and he was named as the ODI and T20 captain in the last week itself as India's most successful skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to step down from the position.
While talking to Mandira Bedi during a talk show after inaugurating Nitesh Hub Mall in Pune. The run machine of India said, "I feel everything is God sent. Anything happens to you, happens for a reason and happens at a right time in your life."
Although Kohli was the captain of the U-19 team which won the world cup but he believes that captain the national squad is a different ball game. He said, "But being captain of India is whole different ball game altogether. As they mention it, it is the hot seat in all different ways such as the attention, the praise, criticisms, all these things come along with it."
He further elaborated, "But one thing comes along with this is the responsibility and that makes me a better cricketer and a better person as I learn about life through this experiences, so I take it as an opportunity."
When asked about the pressure if being India's captain. Virat replied, "I won't say it is not a stressful job, however, it is fun. The way I came up in my career is similar. I knew my strengths and weaknesses but people did not like me as such. They were not too pleased with the way I presented myself, the way I was."
After having an experience of 176 ODIs, Kohli reckons, "My mistakes were not acceptable. That always gave me a mindset of doing things my way and finding a way to make it work, as there is no one way to do anything. You can have different ways, you can have different style till your intent is good."
Kohli expressed that he get goose bumps when he thinks of captaining the Indian squad in World Cup. He said, "Because, it is an honor to be a captain in the World Cup if I still (remain) captain of the team that time."
Talking about the best cricketing advice he has got from his hero Sachin Tendulkar. He said: "When I approached him about my game, the advice I got from was to believe in your own game and believe in the way you want to prepare and do not follow someone and that helped and from that onwards, I was really comfortable."
Virat Concluded by talking about the most thrilling moment fo his cricketing career so far. He said, "On the personal ground, the most exhilarating moment was hitting the double century in Mumbai recently (against England) and playing against Australia in Mohali during (2016) T20 World Cup."