Honoured to captain India in 500th Test, says Virat Kohli

Kanpur, Sep 22: Virat Kohli today (September 22) said he was honoured to captain India in their 500th Test here at the Green Park Stadium.

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In India's 500th Test on Thursday, Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first against New Zealand. This is the opening match of the 3-Test rubber. (Photo gallery)

A file picture of Virat Kohli

After the toss, Kohli was asked by former India all-rounder and TV commentator Ravi Shastri about how he felt leading the side in the historic Test and he said he had not thought he would get this privilege. (India's 'Greatest Test XI')

"I couldn't have imagined. I mean I have been inspired by all these legends having played. Being the captain for the 500th Test and I will try my level best to take this team forward with the bunch of guys I have. I feel honoured," the 27-year-old Kohli said.

The Delhi right-hander has so far played 45 Tests scoring 3,245 runs with 12 hundreds. Kohli is captaining India for the 15th time in Tests. As the team's leader, he has won 7 and lost 2 with 5 draws.

For the 500th Test, India went in with 2 spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja while Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were the pacemen. Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma (ruled out due to chikungunya) were left out.

India played their first ever Test in June 1932, against England at Lord's. CK Nayudu was the captain of the team. England won by 158 runs.

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