The upcoming India vs Sri Lanka three-match Test series is Virat Kohli's first full-fledged tour as Test captain of team India, and therefore the Delhi batsman will have the responsibility of leading the team from the font with not only his bat but also with his leadership qualities.
Kohli is India's key batsman for the tour of Sri Lanka with the first Test match scheduled to start on 12 August, but the batsman does not want his captaincy to come in the way of his batting during the series.
"Captaincy and batting are two aspects that I will not try to mix. I bat in a very responsible way, so I dont think I need to change too much in that aspect. As far as my batting is concerned, I am not taking any added pressure," said Kohli.
Virat Kohli has been in amazing Test form despite only scoring 14 runs against Bangladesh in the one off Test match in June, because prior to that he notched four centuries on the tough tour of Australia.
The team cannot depend on the batting ability of Kohli alone, hence other players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane needs to chip in with the bat and put pressure on Sri Lanka, who are a strong unit at home despite the island nation undergoing a transitional phase.
"It has to be the collective effort of the whole batting group to make sure we get good, big totals for our bowlers to have a crack at the opposition. I would obviously like to do well on the tour but more importantly, what matters is how we play as a batting group and how we complement each other and play according to the situation and the sessions demand us to do," added Kohli.
Kohli, who took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni midway through the tour of Australia, is completely different from his predecessor, who was known for his cool attitude, with Kohli someone with more of an aggressive nature.
Kohli always has fire in his belly and his desire to win at all costs represents him as a hyper-aggressive player and sometimes the superstar has been the subject of criticism for the same. Kohli feels it is this aggressive nature, which has given him success on an individual level.
"I know I have been criticised a lot for being aggressive at times, but that is something that has given me success as an individual and that is something that we believe in as a team as well. I am not saying the line of discipline has to be crossed, but in terms of body language and mindset, we would like to play cricket the way we did in Australia and, I felt it gave us a really good chance to be competitive against a really good team in their home. I dont find any need to change the way I played or play at the moment," added Kohli.