Kohli ready to tackle captaincy challenge

Kohli ready to tackle captaincy challenge

Far from being bogged down  by captaincy, Virat Kohli said he is looking  forward to leading an under-fire Indian  cricket team in the Asia Cup starting tomorrow  even though it is a tough position to be in.

Kohli has been made stand-in captain for the  regional mega-event after regular skipper  Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is under the scanner  following the team's dismal showing in the  recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand,  was forced out due to a side strain.

"I don't think this is anything compared to  what he has gone through in the past few  years," Kohli said while addressing the media  after the team's arrival here.

"I am captain for just one tournament. It is  completely different from regularly captaining  the side. When you win, you're praised, when  you lose, you're criticised. It is all a part  of it.

"I am not in a position right now to  experience all that. I have got this one-odd  opportunity like I did in the past as well. I  am sure it is a very tough position to be in.  You have to be ready to take all the criticism  and praise that comes your way," he added.

India will open their Asia Cup campaign on  Wednesday against Bangladesh at Fatullah.The 25-year-old batsman, whose fine form was  one of the few positives that India could  latch on to during their winless streak in  South Africa and New Zealand, said he is  excited about leading the side. 

"I have only been captain for about eight  games till now. It went pretty good but this  is a big tournament. It's a challenge I'm  looking forward to. We have got a young group  of guys and some exciting players," Kohli  said.

"I think that excites me to have a group that  I can have a chat with and be on the same  page. It's important to have an understanding.  It's really exciting for me to improve the  record which is already good. I'm looking  forward to the tournament."

When asked about the much-anticipated match  against Pakistan on March 2, Kohli said the  team's target was to win the tournament and  not just one grudge match against the  traditional rivals.

"Obviously we are here to win the tournament.  We haven't just come here to play one game and  go back home, that's not our aim. Our aim is  to win every game that we play. A game against  Pakistan is always a hyped game for us,  obviously a big pressure match.

"We take every game the same way. You know,  the aim is to win the tournament, not just one  game, and make sure the people are happy," he  said. 

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