India are set to play 4 Tests against West Indies this month. They had a preparatory camp at Bengaluru's National Cricket Academy (NCA). The camp concluded on Monday.
Before the team's departure for the tour of the Caribbean, Kohli said he was not thinking of the number one ranking in Test cricket.
"Our target is not to become number one in Tests. I don't think any team plays for the sake of rankings. The main goal is to play good cricket. Even if you are number one in rankings and don't play for a long time, you can become number two and you will have no control over it. All we can control is the kind of cricket we will be playing," Kohli told reporters at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
"These (rankings) things are like by-products. It's an incentive for good performance and we can celebrate it. The aim is to execute our plans taking one Test match at a time. This is a big season and it will help us build a rhythm. Otherwise, you play two Tests and then don't play for six months, there is no rhythm," he added.
If India manage to achieve a clean sweep of 4-0 over West Indies, they have a chance to rise to number one (depending on other series results). The Kohli-led side is currently in second position in the Test rankings.