For Virat Kohli, hunger for success matters more than experience in ODIs

Updated: 23 July 2013 14:54 IST

Playing fearlessly is Virat Kohli's mantra and the India skipper for the ODI series in Zimbabwe is all set to lead by example.

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni rested, the Virat Kohli-led India side departed for Zimbabwe on Monday, brimming with confidence. For the man at the helm, his team is strong despite several key players being given a break.

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India will take on hosts Zimbabwe in a 5-ODI contest starting Wednesday and Kohli said the touring party is completely focused on maintaining its winning momentum. "I don't think experience matters, especially in a limited overs game. You need 11 players, who are hungry for success, who are hardworking and whose vision is team victory. All 15 players are strong and it is a strong unit, which is good," he was quoted as saying. (Also read: Can Zimbabwe stun India? Why not, asks coach)

India have had rousing success in the past two months with the Champions Trophy win followed by the tri-series title in West Indies, where Kohli captained the team in three matches. The 24-year-old said while he can't guarantee wins, he hopes to lead by setting examples. "I can't guarantee (wins/maintaining momentum). If we continue this way, it will be a good time for Indian cricket. A lot of things that would make people happy. I always like to lead from the front and set an example for whoever is playing with or around me. I like taking responsibilities. That is a natural thing for me," he said. (Suggested read: When India last toured Zimbabwe, they were left stunned...)

Note: The Indian team for the series in Zimbabwe do not have the following players: Dhoni, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.

(With PTI inputs)

Topics : Cricket India in Zimbabwe 2013 Virat Kohli Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni Zimbabwe India
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