Kohli wants winning to become a habit

2015 World Cup

India stand-in ODI captain Virat Kohli is pleased that his side has won the series against Sri Lanka, but wants to make sure that momentum is continued and that winning becomes muscle memory ahead of the World Cup.

The India side have had an up and down year, especially in the Test arena, and Kohli hopes the new-found form, both for the team and himself, will stick.

Kohli said: "The focus is to keep the guys happy and comfortable in a team environment. Right now we're winning, but there would be times when the results won't go our way.

"It's important that the core group feels comfortable irrespective of the fact that we are winning or losing. It's all about getting into good habits.

"The only area we are concentrating on is getting the team combination right, sticking to our strengths and creating that winning habit.

"We're looking to get teams out rather than saving runs at the end of the innings now. It's about building on every game you play.

"Just like you get better practising a particular shot, why not create a winning habit and win from difficult situations. This was something we lacked in the past."

Kohli then said he'd been relishing the captaincy, enjoying the chance to dictate the action, and was looking forward to leading the side in Brisbane next month in the absence of an injured MS Dhoni.

The batsman said: "As a player I used to often feel that a certain move could be implemented and then wondered why that was not happening.

"But as captain, I have the opportunity to open up my vision and implement what I strongly believe will work in certain situations.

"It'll be a massive moment to lead in my first Test, that too in Australia. I'm really excited as I've some plans in mind. The target will be to win the Test and not just focus on individual goals."