Pune: India skipper Virat Kohli said he received the greatest cricketing advice from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.
“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,” the skipper said.
Asked him about the most exhilarating moment, he said that from the team’s point of view, it was the winning moment of 2011 World Cup, watching the emotions of senior players and India getting back to the top position in Test cricket.
“On 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,” Kohli added.
Virat Kohli said captaining in all three formats of cricket is quite “surreal” and he never thought that this day would come in his life.”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 solid consistent career and contribute to the team in winning games,” said the prolific right-handed batsman.
Kohli, who was leading the Test side, was appointed as the ODI and T20 skipper last week, after country’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down from the position.
The Delhi batsman spoke to Mandira Bedi during a talk show after inaugurating Nitesh Hub Mall here.
The star player, while answering a question on how does it feel to be the skipper in all the three formats, said he never thought the path is going to lead this way.
“I feel everything is God sent. Anything happens to you, happens for a reason and happens at a right time in your life,” he added.
It was under Kohli’s leadership that the India U-19 team had clinched the colts World Cup in 2008.
The Delhi player said he has always been the captain to the team that played in junior levels.
“But being captain of India is whole different ball game all together. 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.
“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,” he explained.
Kohli will lead the Indian side in the three match ODI series against England commencing January 15 in Pune.