Virat Kohli believes India has the ability to be the best in the world. India's new Test skipper Kohli also said that he wants to create a squad that can dominate world cricket in the next five-six years or so.
Virat Kohli was handed the captaincy of the Indian team after MS Dhoni decided to hang his boots after the third Test against Australia when India was touring down under.
"I strongly want to see the Indian team dominate for at least five or six years. We certainly have the talent. We certainly have the ability. All that it will take is how you manage that and keep them together," said Kohli in an interview to the Espn Cricinfo.
Kohli who will be leading Team India against Bangladesh in the one-off Test match feels that his side has to be well-knit. He is known for his aggression on the field and he further stressed on the point that his side should not give up and keep on fighting till end.
"I want to create strong bonds. I want to create strong friendships in this unit. We live 250-280 days a year together so I want to create such an atmosphere wherein the next 10 years watching it from outside you would get to know this team is a united team.
"This team is a strongly knit unit. They want to play for each other. They don't want to play for themselves. That is my vision," he added.
Kohli wants to free his side from any kind of insecurity and feels that they should learn from Australia when they play Test cricket.
"In Test matches we want to be the team to beat. It is just the mindset, sometimes we tend to go into that zone where the thinking is not right," he said.
"Not many people understand the kind of things I have seen in life at a very young age. Maybe that is why I believe in myself a lot. I think if I did not have belief, I would not be able to build my career all these years.
"Bad times will come but it makes you want to look forward to the good times that lie ahead, as well as appreciate the good times that you have had in your life and career. Respect the bad times when they come and not be broken by it," Kohli added.
The skipper had scored 692 runs during the Test series in Australia just ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. He scored four brilliant centuries in that particular series, but still could not avoid India's defeat.
"I remember about two months before that tour I started building the kind of mindset I wanted to have in Australia: it was all-out aggressive. I knew that I wanted to go out there and take on these bowlers because there is no way if I keep on struggling for runs I would be doing justice to what I wanted to do.
"Eventually I had visualised it so positively, so strongly, when I went out there my body just followed what my mind had stored two months back," he added.