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Kohli happy to play under pressure
Thursday 09 June 2011

India is lucky to have a young group of players that are slowly but surely getting into their own in the international arena. Armed with a positive attitude and a will to win, these youngsters are now reveling under high-pressure situations that the international game brings.

Virat Kohli for one is a prime example of a confident player who doesn’t mind playing under pressures.

"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.

The dashing right-hander revealed 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 some time and so are expected to take most of the responsibility to ensure that others bat with a lot more freedom, without much pressure."

Kohli’s evolution as a cricketer has been gradual and he shares his views on how he has improved as a cricketer over the years.

"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.

It’s easy to get carried away trying to emulate the feats of your heroes, but you know the 22-year-old has a steady head on his shoulders when he revealed that he doesn’t want to emulate the likes of MS Dhoni or Sachin Tendulkar in the side.

"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." he concluded.

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