Virat Kohli has been named the stand-in skipper for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane from December 4 after regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out due to an injury. Former India skipper Rahul Dravid feels it will be a great opportunity for Kohli to prove his credentials as a Test skipper.
"Dhoni's absence gives Virat the opportunity to show that he can lead differently," Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. "I still think it's going to be Dhoni's side, he has been announced captain. It's just a nice opportunity for Virat and a great feeling, every time you get the opportunity to lead your country in a Test match, it's a great thrill and Virat will really enjoy that," Dravid added.
Kohli may have had a poor record on the tour to England earlier in the year. He managed only 134 runs in 10 innings over five Test matches. But the 26-year-old has bounced back well scoring a century and two fifties in the last six ODIs - played at home against West Indies and Sri Lanka. (Read: In Dhoni's Absence, Saha and Ojha Vie for Keeping Slot)