Captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore could prepare Kohli to skipper India in the future.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been highlighted as a successor to MS Dhoni as captain of the national side.
Kohli is set to lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the upcoming IPL season in April and it’s believed that this experience would make him an ideal leader for India in the future.
“Kohli has the ability to lead the Indian team,” RCB coach Ray Jennings was quoted on Hindustan Times.
“Dhoni is not going to be around for a long time. He needs to be ready for India and captaining RCB is a stepping stone for Kohli to take over from Dhoni.”
It will be Kohli’s first opportunity to show what he can do as a captain when he leads RCB out against Mumbai Indians on 4 April.
As an international player the 24-year-old has impressed on the biggest stage, playing 18 Test matches to date including India’s recent 4-0 whitewash series victory over Australia.
It is as a one-day player that Kohli has really shone in the early part of his career however, scoring 4054 runs in 98 ODIs at an average of 49.43.
The batsman’s rise to prominence for India began in 2008 when he made his 50-over debut against Sri Lanka.
Kohli was instrumental in India’s World Cup victory in 2011 as well, scoring a century in their opening tie and praised throughout for his maturity and skill with the bat.
Although still just 24, the RCB captain already has enough experience to be considered a genuine candidate to succeed Dhoni.