Mumbai: Virat Kohli, the man who single-handedly brought back interest in the cricket among many yesterday, is the new vice-captain of the Indian team. Picked, says chief selector Krishnamachary Srikkant, because he is seen as "an excellent future captain".
Srikkanth, who was on speaking to the media after announcing the squad for the Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh from March 12, said Kohli was named MS Dhoni's deputy with an eye on the future. "We feel Virat Kohli is an excellent future captain. We need a futuristic view and we need to look forward," the head of selectors said.
Kohli scored a swashbuckling 133 runs against Sri Lanka last night to successfully chase the target of 321 runs within 40 overs to keep India alive in the CB Series being played in Australia. The 23-year-old batsman described the innings as "one of the best". Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar said Kohli's innings was "close to the greatest ODI innings".
India's disastrous tour Down Under has had the most die-hard cricket fan swearing off the game. Yesterday's match brought eye-balls back.
There has been speculation that the Asia Cup squad would be picked to start preparing for the 2015 World Cup. But, as Sunil Gavaskar pointed out, except for the new-vice captain there was not much in the way of a futuristic change that the BCCI selectors had made. The new 15-member squad is indeed the old squad save the inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar and the exclusion of Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav, who Srikkanth insisted had been rested because of injury and had not been dropped for poor form.