Kohli hopes India will start on a winning note

Kohli hopes India will start on a winning note

LONDON: Virat Kohli will make his debut as a captain in a World Cup when India take on South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.

“It’s a different kind of responsibility. You need to absorb a lot more and it is something really exciting me to have these kinds of challenges at this stage in my career," said Kohli. “If you just say the word World Cup it brings a different kind of feeling to your mind and heart. There’s some anticipation, excitement and a little bit of nerves, which is the right combination.”

South Africa have already played twice but are seeking their first win of the tournament following defeats to England and Bangladesh while India would be looking to start their campaign on a winning note.

But the Proteas have now acclimatised with the English conditions and Kohli insisted his side are ready.

“It’s an advantage in terms of understanding how the games have gone, what the conditions offer and what is the pace of play,” said the Indian skipper on starting six days after the tournament.  

The 30-year-old is looking forward to the extra pressure that comes with leading one of the world's top cricketing teams. 

“I am feeling grateful that I am in this position, to have the opportunity to lead my country in a tournament like the World Cup. I am really looking forward to the challenge,” said Kohli, who is playing in his third World Cup. “There has been lots to learn in terms of composure. The teams that are the most composed are winning games."