Captaincy talk is 'distraction', says Virat Kohli

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Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 9:24 [IST]
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Captaincy talk is 'distraction': Kohli

Bangalore, Jan 23: Many might be backing Virat Kohli to be the next captain of India but the man himself is not in a hurry to take up the job and wants to concentrate on his batting at the moment.

Kohli, speaking to the "The Telegraph" newspaper has said that thinking of captaincy is a "distraction."

"Thinking of the captaincy would be a distraction. As I've told you, at this stage in my career, I can do without distractions. I'll be satisfied if I can meet the expectations of the team," Kohli told the newspaper after the Ranchi ODI.

Many former cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar feel Kohli is the ideal choice to replace Dhoni.

The right-hander enjoyed a great run with the bat in 2012 and after a form slump returned to his best with an unbeaten half century against England in the third ODI in Ranchi on Saturday (January 19).

When asked what makes an ideal captain, Kohli replied: "I doubt if there's one person who could be called the ideal captain. Everyone has his ways, but it's important for a captain to create the right environment, to encourage the right atmosphere in the dressing room... Nurturing talent is an important part of any captain's job, encouraging those with potential... Of course, a captain must be stable (emotionally)."

Praising skipper MS Dhoni, the Delhi batsman said he wanted to be as calm and composed as his captain.

"I'd love to have MS' (Dhoni) calmness and composure. I've never seen him stressed. He's been so composed even in the most difficult of situations. While remaining an aggressive cricketer, I'd still like to have his calmness. It's reassuring," Kohli said.


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