Really excited to lead Test team in Australia: Kohli

Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 15:39 [IST]
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Kolkata, Nov 12: An unassailable lead has been achieved against Sri Lanka but Indian skipper Virat Kohli today said his team would not let the intensity slip in the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series.

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Having already pocketed the series with a 3-0 rout, Kohli said they would continue to be ruthless in order to make it a habit ahead of the World Cup next year. The Indians will square off against the islanders in the fourth ODI tomorrow.

'Really excited to lead Test team'

"Especially knowing that the World Cup is around, we want to create good habits, can't afford to be complacent at any point of time. It's going to be the same kind of effort and intensity from everyone on the field. That's something we are looking to create as a culture for the team going into big tournaments coming in future," Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.

"It's not difficult to motivate anyone. Our motive at the beginning was to be ruthless and try to win every game. We are just working towards that," he added.

With regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni yet to recover from a hairline crack in his thumb, Kohli has also been named skipper for the first Test in Australia beginning December 4 and the youngster said he already has some plans up his sleeve.

Terming it a massive moment, Kohli said: "I'm really excited to lead in Australia that too in my first Test... I've some plans in mind. The focus would be to win the Test and not just focus on individual goals."


Story first published:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 14:40 [IST]
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