“To lead the country is a dream come true for any player and something special that he will cherish for a long time. I am no different,” Rahul, who is the stand-in ODI captain for the series against South Africa, said on the eve of the first match here.
“It will be exciting but I am not really looking for anything at this time but if it happens to come, I will try my best to carry Team India and Indian cricket forward to the best of my abilities,” he added.
With Virat Kohli stepping down from Test captaincy after their team’s 1-2 series defeat, Rahul, who led the team in Johannesburg in former’s absence said that he didn’t pay too much heed about his name cropping up as a possible successor till articles started getting published.
“I hadn’t given it a thought till the articles with names started doing rounds.”
Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and also the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Kohli as captain in Test cricket.
Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI skipper after the selectors wanted to have just one captain for the white-ball formats.