If you've ever laid your eyes on cricket team captains posing for an ICC Cricket World Cup tournament photograph, chances are, you've seen them in a mood that means serious business. Their body language is one that is suave and their faces hardly displaying any emotions.
On Wednesday, the Men in Blue left for England to participate in the much-anticipated International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Cricket World Cup.
he photo tweeted by the official Twitter handle of Cricket World Cup showed Kohli seated on a sofa with his legs stretched out and carrying a sneaky smile.
Wasting no time, fans were quick to notice Kohli's "king-like" authorative posture in the now-viral photo and had some nice things to say about the #1 ODI batsman.
The ambitious India captain has talked about his desire to forge an all-time great team, one which would win across formats and irrespective of conditions, and he has had significant success in the longest format. Under him, India have won eight consecutive Test series and remained the top-ranked team in this format. They are near-invincible at home and ended a seven-decade drought in January with India's first ever Test series victory in Australia. A supreme athlete himself, Kohli has inspired a fitness revolution in Indian cricket that has percolated down to the Ranji level and even deeper.
The rich success notwithstanding, Kohli is still not ranked alongside former captains such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Sourav Ganguly but coach Ravi Shastri is convinced he will get better. "...Tactically, there is still room for plenty of improvement as captain," Shastri told after the victory in Australia. "He has gotten better and better ... and I thought in the Australian Test series, tactically he outsmarted Australia.
He now needs the stamp of a 50-overs World Cup to build his own legacy as one of India's greatest captains.