Port of Spain (Trinidad): After guiding India to a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second ODI with his match winning 81-run knock, Virat Kohli said the pressure situation is bringing the best out of the current bunch of Indian players. (Agencies)
"The young Indians players want to handle pressure. We want to improve in every game. Take as much responsibility as we can. We want to make use of every opportunity," said Kohli at the post-match press conference.
Chasing a target of 241 on a sluggish wicket, Kohli played a stellar hand, first partnering opener Parthiv Patel (56) for 120-run second wicket stand and then withstanding a little tremor induced by the rain breaks.
Revealing that the Indian team think-tank wants him, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to take on as much responsibility as they could in the on-going ODI series, Kohli said, "We have been around for sometime and so are expected to take most of the responsibility to ensure that others bat with a lot more freedom, without much pressure."
For someone who values playing for India so much, Kohli is surprisingly always in a very relaxed mood in the middle and never appears to be in a state of panic.
"Earlier, there were occasions when I had a rush of blood. It cost me, my team. Now I know that if I stay long enough, I could change gear and things would never go out of control.
"You know you have strokes you could be patient learn to respect good balls. Batting at number three gives me this advantage," he explained.
Kohli said rather than emulating the seniors in the team, he likes to play his style of cricket.
"For instance, in the first game of World Cup, if I had tried to ape Veeru bhai (where he blasted Bangladesh for 153 runs), I would have been out for 40.
"You don't compare yourself with Sachin or Dhoni. They have seen that, done that. You admire them but then you have to be yourself."
Speaking on the second ODI, Kohli said the new ball was coming on to the bat but the old ball was sometimes skidding and when pitched on a dry area was stopping.
"It still was as slow as the first one-day wicket with the old ball," said Kohli.
Port of Spain (Trinidad): After guiding India to a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second ODI with his match winning 81-run knock, Virat Kohli said the pressure situation is bringing the best out of the current bunch of Indian players.