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Will assess ‘load of captaincy’ after three years, says Virat Kohli

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India TV Sports Desk, Visakhapatnam [Published on:21 Nov 2016, 18:36:13]

Enjoying a successful run as the captain of Indian Test team, Virat Kohli has said that he will only assess after three years as to how much of a "load" captaincy has become for him. 

"Maybe in three-four years time, I can analyse how much load I am feeling but at the moment its coming along nicely so I am pretty okay with it," Kohli said after leading India to a massive 246-run win in the second cricket Test against England.

The Indian Test skipper has amassed 2277 runs across all international formats during this calendar year, just eight runs behind England's Joe Root. 

"It's a difficult thing to detach yourself from being captain when you go out there to bat especially when you are playing five batters. The responsibility obviously increases much more. But it also makes me not hit the ball in the air which I probably prefer in Test cricket."

Kohli made it clear that he has faith in his orthodox strokes and that's why doesn't regret not being able to play aerial shots that often. 

"Honestly, I don't feel the need to do that because I believe in my abilities to play on the ground and still score at a healthy rate. So I don't need to try any fancy things plus I also feel the more you stay on the wicket, the more time you spend, things start getting easier," he said. 

Talking about the limited overs format which is captained by MS Dhoni, Kohli said it's easier as he does not have to think or implement much. 

"In other formats, it's relatively easy on the mind to prepare, because you are only thinking about batting, obviously you have to give inputs on the field but it's not necessary that you have to take those decisions, you have to give suggestions.

"To keep a check on each and every thing and then to concentrate on your batting, it does take a toll on you but right now I am pretty fine." 

Asked about his batting in the second test, Kohli said: "It is only if you have intent that you will be able to play the ball accordingly because you are looking to play it with the bat. If you don't have intent, and you are looking to control the ball, and if it does something, then you are in no position to control it, the edges fly off." 

England skipper Alastair Cook was also all praise for his Indian counterpart and said that Kohli's knocks proved to be the difference between the two sides after the visiting team's crushing defeat.

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Kohli said he will only assess load of captaincy after three years Photo: PTI