Alistair Cook is getting ready for the biggest day of his career on Thursday as he plays his first Test match as England captain.
Cook insists that he will be true to himself when taking on this massive task and hopes that he can lead the Three Lions to a famous victory in India.
There are of course big shoes for the Essex batsman to fill as he takes the reins from Andrew Strauss, who had a lot of success as England skipper. Although Cook will use what Strauss taught him over the years to his benefit, he says that he is to stay do it in his own way, and that is just the kind of attitude he needs.
There are plenty of big decisions for him to make as well of course – he must at first have a say in which bowlers will step onto the field in Ahmedabad, and then use them at the right times to help the team take 20 wickets.
Also, he must handle the Kevin Pietersen saga and make sure there are no distractions in the dressing room or any divided opinions in the camp.
The new England skipper is ready to give it his all though: “I’m just going to try to do the best job I can, for however long I’m lucky enough to do it.” He said.
“You can’t change who you are, the type of bloke you are, and you’ve got to be authentic to who you are.”
Cook has a vital role to play in terms of his batting as well. He is now one of the experienced campaigners in the side and must look to get the innings off to a good start. The 27-year-old may be feeling the pressure and nerves somewhat, but he is only human and is about to lead his country out in a huge four match Test series.
He added: “I feel a mixture of everything. Obviously, I’m a bit excited about what’s going to happen, and a little bit nervous, but the overwhelming emotion is that I am very proud to be leading England.”
A win in this first encounter would be nothing short of colossal for Captain Cook. It will be very tough to do, but is more than possible with the players he has at his disposal.
It is all set to be a thrilling series, and with all the off-the-field controversies surrounding the England side over recent months – it will be nice for some top-quality cricket do the talking.