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On Friday, Virat Kohli succeeded Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s limited overs captain, but what is the one thing he is most looking forward to as skipper?
For the 28-year-old, he would love nothing more than to captain India in the 2019 World Cup and lead them to victory.
Kohli was part of the India squad that Dhoni guided to World Cup glory in 2011, but the Delhi native admitted that it would be a dream come true if he were able to accomplish the same feat as his predecessor in 2019.
“Hearing about the World Cup gives me goosebumps. I have played one (2011). I have played couple of T20 World Cups,” Kohli told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) website. “To play a World Cup for India as captain would be the biggest achievement of my life.”
With more than two years to go until the World Cup, Kohli revealed that he plans to get as much advise from Dhoni as possible in order to ensure he is ready to overcome the challenges that stand in his way when the sport’s biggest ODI tournament gets underway in England and Wales in May 2019.
“The thing what needs to be understood and addressed is that it is a gradual process,” Kohli said. “Good thing is that everyone is young and is excited to grow as cricketers which is the most exciting place that the captain can be in, with of course the guidance and inputs of MS (Dhoni). It is a wonderful phase for Indian cricket.
“It is an opportunity for youngsters to seal their spots for the big occasion (World Cup). We have the Champions Trophy (in June) coming up as well. Everyone is excited and raring to go for it. Everyone is fighting for places in the ODI squad. We are still figuring out what are the best combinations we have. The main goal is to identify players who can play at different positions.”