Kohli can't wait for tour of Windies to begin

Kohli can't wait for tour of Windies to begin

“I have no fitness problems. I want to play as much as possible. I don’t think I can talk about rest now. I’m eager to play more cricket, pretty excited to go to the West Indies,” the 22-year-old from Delhi said during a promotional event.

Kohli said with seniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Zaheer Khan skipping the five-match one-day series in the Caribbean, youngsters would have to take more responsibility.

“It is a big series for us. With the seniors not there, the responsibility on us increases. After the World Cup win, it is important for us to do well. People expect us to do well. There is a lot of pressure on us. If we do well, then it will be good for our careers,” he said.

Following RCB’s comfortable win over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, the team is confident, added Kohli. “We will be positive and in a good frame of mind. It does give us an advantage,” he added.

Kohli said the inclusion of flamboyant West Indian batsman Chris Gayle had made a big difference. “Gayle’s arrival has been very positive for the team. It has made a big difference. He has brought a positive energy in the team.

“But others have done well too. The bowlers have bowled well, the fielding has improved too. But yes, Gayle has made a big difference,” he said.

Orange Cap holder Gayle said he had not expected a dream run. “I came here late. I didn’t expect to be here. Things have gone differently than I have expected. Hopefully, we will finish it off in a similar way. Tomorrow is an important day for us. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game and expecting good things from the bowlers. We are peaking at the right time,” Gayle said.