Team India captain Rohit Sharma applauded teammate Virat Kohli’s fitness levels by pointing out that the latter has never been to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He also asked the younger generation to learn from Virat Kohli’s passion as well. However, Rohit and Kohli have been the key players in India’s batting over the last decade. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India registered plenty of famous wins across the globe. Rohit has also done well as being leader as well.
In a recent interaction, Rohit Sharma praised Kohli the cricketer and the person. “Of late, I have been very lucky to watch Virat so closely. We keep talking about him as a batsman, but people don’t see what he does outside the field. His passion towards the game and he is always hungry to come and play, be available to play for the team. That’s the most important thing, you know. Unless there are personal reasons, but otherwise…” the Indian captain told Dinesh Karthik in a chat on Jio Cinema.
“One thing you have to see that he’s never been to NCA. You know what that…“I would say that all the younger players should look up to the passion that he has. Leave alone how he plays the cover drive, flick, cut but first things first you have to understand what is the quality of the players that makes him where he is today,” he further, as quoted by India Today.
However, Virar Kohli is the only batter in international cricket with 50 ODI centuries as well. He also achieved the record during a brilliant one-day World Cup campaign at home in the semi-final against New Zealand. Continuing to praise Kohli, Rohit Sharma commented that the hunger and passion he has is amazing.
“I have watched Kohli enough. He can easily be satisfied with what he has achieved. He can say that I will take it easy in these 2-3 series, I will come later, but he is always there for the team. That mindset of being hungry and not complacent cannot be taught. You have to learn that from by looking at the others. It has to come from within. I cannot teach you that. That is the first thing that I would say rather than looking at Virat Kohli or others technically. You have to stay hungry all the time, bring the passion and the pride to everything, being out there in the sun, playing for the team and getting the job done. This is what I want the guys to have first,” Rohit Sharma concluded.