Not satisfied with India's historic Test series win Down Under, Virat Kohli, as captain of the side, wants Team India to now become a superpower in Test cricket.
“I wouldn't say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come,” Kohli told Star Sports.
Kohli recently became the first Indian captain to register a Test series win in Australia as his side clinched the four-match series 2-1 against Tim Paine and Co. The 30-year-old added that series win was the beginning of India's winning run and warned against looking at them as a "one season wonder".
World's No 1 batsman with 25 Test hundreds warned that youngsters will have mental problems if they don't embrace the pristine form of five-day cricket.
"If we focus too much on shorter formats - yes, they're important - but if we solely focus and look at them as an escape or an excuse to not be in the kind of situations that Test cricket presents to you, then I think there will start being a mental problem with the cricketers coming up," Kohli was quoted as saying by Star Sports.
The Indian skipper, who has played a few defining knocks against world class bowlers like Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mitchell Starc during the past year spoke about the hardwork that goes into making of a quality Test player.
"As long as you're willing to wake up every morning for five days and do the hard yards and go do the dirty work - if you're willing to bat for two hours and not score a run for the team - I think that is what people should prepare (youngsters) (for)."
Speaking about his leadership, Kohli credited coach Ravi Shastri for improving him as a captain.
“Because he's done so much commentary, and he's seen the game so much and has played so much himself – just watching the game – he knows where the game is heading," The Indian captain said. "So just getting feedback from him constantly has been the biggest help for me, in terms of moulding my own personality into captaincy. He's someone who has never tried to change me just to be able to fit into the captaincy mode. That was the most important thing and he's been the most amazing support for the team and someone who's backed the team through and through."
Kohli also spoke about India's brand of "fearless" cricket under his leadership and said that it helped them achieve success away from home. He added that the current team culture has allowed players to perform fearlessly at the international level regardless of the occasion and hopes the future generation will "take care" of the culture.
With inputs from PTI