"Dhoni's absence gives Virat the opportunity to show that he leads maybe differently," Dravid told a leading cricket based website.

"I still think it's going to be Dhoni's side, he has been announced captain. It's just a nice opportunity for Virat and a great feeling, every time you get the opportunity to lead your country in a Test match, it's a great thrill and Virat will really enjoy that."

Having observed Kohli closely over his career Dravid believes he is the "obvious candidate" to take over the job from Dhoni in the long run but it will "depend on his batting."

According to Dravid, "I think he's (Kohli) got a good cricket brain. From what we've seen a little bit in the IPL and one-day cricket, he's willing to make things happen. He's spent quite a bit of time learning from Dhoni. He's been in the side for a while now.

"If he can bat well in Test matches and have that certainty about himself as a player, then I have no doubt that he's the obvious candidate to take over from Dhoni once he's finished."

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