Former India opener and chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth shares his thoughts on the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The former Indian opener explains how Kapil Dev is comparable because of their self-belief and never-say-die attitude.
Heaping praise on the current Indian captain, Srikkanth says both the players have always put the team before of any individual. He also praises Kohli Kohli for his mindset and attitude. Krishnamachari Srikkanth won a part of India’s legendary 1983 World-Cup winning team under the leadership of Kapil Dev. While Virat Kohli was part of the 2011 title-winning team playing under MS Dhoni.
Speaking on a TV show, Srikkanth said, “I’ve played along with Kapil Dev and I’ve been the chairman of the selection committee for choosing Virat Kohli and I can tell you, both of their attitudes are absolutely the same. Both have a tremendous amount of self-belief and they know they only go out with intension to win. The never-say-die attitude in them and the aggressiveness makes them fantastic during chases and the positive attitude both of them have makes them very similar to each other.”
Virat Kohli has been an absolute star for the Indian team over the years. A serial match-winner, Virat Kohli posses the trait to singlehandedly change the result of a game by his performance. Under his leadership, India finished as runners u in the ICC 2017 Champions trophy after losing to Pakistan. Kohli and Co were also successful in qualifying for the ICC 2019 World Cup semi-finals where the Indian team lost to runners-up New Zealand.
The Indian Cricket team has surpassed every opposition and ranked numero Uno in the ICC Test team rankings. Kohli and Co. are also favorites to win the inaugural ICC Test Championship. Speaking about Kohli’s leadership, former batsman VVS Laxman also mentions how the skipper doesn’t let his guard down.
“The one thing I admire about Virat Kohli is his intensity. One thing I was worried about was whether he will burn out quickly. But not even one session or one over he lets his intensity drop and that is really commendable,” Laxman said.