“He is a wonderful person” – Team India’s fielding coach on Virat Kohli
By SMCS - Jul 11, 2023 12:22 pm
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Team India’s fielding coach, T Dilip, shared how he was initially a little hesitant to approach India’s star batter, Virat Kohli, considering the latter’s stature. He also added that he realized that Kohli is a wonderful human being once he had a few conversations with him off the field as well.

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R Ashwin and Virat Kohli took India home

Speaking about his relationship with Kohli, Dilip said on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel: “Firstly, being the superstar that Virat Kohli is, I was a little hesitant to approach him. But during the COVID times, we used to meet at the breakfast table, dinner table. Off the field, coffee likes, and dislikes, we had different topics of discussion. I think that over a period of time, spending time with him off the field, I understood that he is a wonderful human being. I think he is a wonderful person. At appropriate times if you can approach and tell the right things, he can give lots of input. I think he is someone you really need to spend time with to know him.”

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He also applauded Rohit Sharma’s leadership, pointing out how he has established a great relationship with his fellow team members as well. However, Dilip was appointed as India’s fielding coach in 2021 after Rahul Dravid took over as the team’s head coach role. He has previously worked with the Hyderabad and India A teams also.

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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane

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“A great human being. I think he is a fantastic person. One of the greatest things I have seen with him is that he likes to spend time with the players and likes to know them a bit more. His empathy for players, and the support and backing, and understanding of the player is something exemplary. And that’s really why he has won so many titles,” he concluded.