"The batsmen decided to take up the responsibility. As captain, I would never ask the players to do what I cannot do myself first and I have always believed in that."
India skipper Virat Kohli, who struck his career’s maiden double ton on day two of the first Test against the West Indies, said getting big runs in the longest version gives him immense job satisfaction.
Kohli, who also became the first Indian captain to strike a double century in an overseas Test, said he was “extremely satisfied” to reach the feat where he made a forgettable debut five years ago.
“Yes, it is a very good feeling. I made my debut here and it wasn’t a memorable series for me. Coming back here and getting a double hundred gives me a lot of satisfaction purely because of the fact that I have missed a couple of big scores in the past,” Kohli, who had averaged just over 15 in the 2011 trip to the Caribbean told bcci.tv on Friday.
“I know I have the ability to get big hundreds. This is my first double hundred in first-class matches in general, so this is something I always wanted to do and I am feeling really grateful that I was able to cross the mark.”
“It is just a very good feeling. Test cricket is the most important format as far as I am concerned and the whole of team is concerned, so when you do well in Test cricket, it gives you the job satisfaction like nothing else. I am really happy for this moment,” he added.
The 27-year-old, who is known to go with the five-bowler strategy for Test matches, said playing with one batsman short increases his responsibility as a captain to score big.
“It is very important to understand the responsibility in front of you when you go in with a combination. Playing five batsmen is a bit of an added pressure on the batsman but that is what we want to take up as a challenge.”
“The batsmen decided to take up the responsibility. As captain, I would never ask the players to do what I cannot do myself first and I have always believed in that.”
“I backed myself to be positive, backed myself to score quickly because I knew if we had to bowl the opposition out, we need enough time for the bowlers; to be fresh again and also have breaks in between. This was one innings that came together very nicely,” he said.
Hailing the batting effort from his players, the Delhi right-hander said: “All in all, it was a very good batting effort by everyone and something that we can be proud of. It is a bit of an added pressure (on the batsmen) but something that is what you want at this level of cricket,” he added.
Kohli further said he feels at peace when he is batting in the middle alone as he is free of people’s expectations.
“I think what a lot of people don’t understand is that there is more pressure when you’re not batting. When you are in the change room, you’re interacting with people, you get to know what people are saying and what people close to you expect from you.”
“I think those are the things that give pressure. When I go out to bat, I am all by myself and my batting partner. People don’t understand that I am actually at a lot of peace when I am batting alone out there because I don’t have to interact with too many people and don’t have to listen to their expectations or know what they require of me.”
“I can literally reflect on myself, understand what my thoughts and mood are and then work on those things. That is why I always prefer being out there in the middle than getting to know these things from people,” he revealed.