Captain Kohli in no mood to slow down

Sports | 20 Feb 2020

Virat Kohli admits captaining India in all three cricketing formats is grueling but insists he is not yet ready to ease his leadership burden.

Speaking ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, Kohli, 31, said stepping back was on his mind, but not for a few years.

Asked about fellow players who had dropped one or more forms of the game in order to extend their careers, Kohli replied: "I'm not in that space at the moment.

"Periodic breaks for me seem to work pretty okay," he added.

Kohli, who took over the Test captaincy in late 2014, said he wanted to ensure India were in a good place when he relaxed his grip on the reins.

"The team wants a lot of my contribution in the next two or three years, so that we can ease into another transition, which is what we faced about five or six years ago," he said. "I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years."

Kohli expected the notorious Wellington wind to play a role in the series opener, saying it had to be carefully considered when weighing bowling options at Basin Reserve.


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