Combat Attitude and Run-spewing Bat… How Kohli wrote his own definition under Dhoni’s shadow

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new Delhi: The greats Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni… these are the names who, till a decade ago, were the names of Indian cricket. Used to be the axis. It was foolish to imagine Team India without them at that time. Fans could easily watch for hours arguing over who would inherit the legacy of these big names in the future. Believe me, at that time hardly anyone would have had an accurate answer to this. The era of (Virat Kohli) came after the retirement of veterans. It was not known when this player started ruling the hearts of the people with his fighting attitude and the aggressive batting of the opposition team. Fans not only saw the excitement of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting in Kohli, but also saw the aggressive attitude of Sourav Ganguly. Kohli was captured on seeing the cover drive that was once Sachin’s copy right. Looking at the whole journey, you will find that Kohli is the only player after Ganguly, who started answering Australia in the same way. Apart from scoring runs with the bat, his sharp attitude began to knock the dominant teams in cricket like Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa. From Ricky Ponting to Ian Chappell, Kohli used to see a bad boy, but Kohli’s game is such that everyone was forced to lock their mouths. The great batsman Vivian Richards, however, did not agree with this even at that time. Even then he had adopted Virat Kohli’s aggression on the field. He said that I do not see any lack in his attitude. I love his batting and why not even..he reminds me of me. Virat Kohli knows very well how to assess himself. That’s why after a poor performance in the 2014 tour of England, when the pressure of being dropped from the team increased, he came back with double the energy. Be it England, South Africa, Australia or West Indies… Dale Steyn or Mitchell Johnson… Kohli started roaring with eyes in his eyes. Hitting century on century, he told that the world has got a new ‘Sachin’. But its style is a little different, who responds to sledging with sledging and if he comes to the field with a bat, then doubles the punishment of the opposition team. That’s why in 2018, when India reached the Australia tour, there was more discussion on the record, pitch and sledging with the players. Actually, Kangaroo wanted that there should not be sledding on the field, because they knew this is Kohli’s team, if they tease, they will not leave. Something similar happened, Team India not only created history by defeating 2-1 here, but also removed the arrogance of the Kangaroo team. The world knew it was India’s era, Kohli’s era. There is a lot of fightingness inside him. It’s not easy to break them. He proved this by saving the match for Delhi immediately after the death of his father. Yes, if there is no discussion of Mahi and his captaincy here, then the history of Kohli will seem incomplete. Actually, Dhoni is the link that makes this Delhi boy ‘King’ Kohli. He supported Cheeku whenever she needed it. He knew Kohli’s calivar, only then he kept supporting his cheeky at every step. Kohli was trained for hours by net practice, and under the shadow of Mahi, the learned Kakhera made him a charismatic captain. There are some things that separate Kohli from Dhoni as a captain. In addition to fitness and discipline, aggressive attitude and combativeness. Dhoni is considered cool, but the image of Virat, who takes care of his legacy, is that of an aggressive player. According to the game on the field, the facial expressions from time to time make the opposite of Dhoni. Dhoni was considered emotional. Whatever the situation of the match, the expression on his face did not change. Another thing that separates Kohli from Dhoni is his emotions. That’s why Vivian Richards says that if India’s match is going on, then there is no need to look at the scorecard for it. You can tell the course of the match by looking at Virat Kohli’s face. This is also true. Kohli believes in living life freely. They have their own special way of celebrating and expressing it. This is the thing that his fans like. Kohli had once said about the 2014 tour of England that when I returned from England, I had understood that nothing would be gained from this fitness and passion. If you want to score runs on foreign fast pitches, then you have to be one step ahead of them on the level of fitness. This is the reason why Kohli spends hours in the gym and scores the best in the yo-yo test required to be included in the Indian team. The interesting thing is that whether Kohli is the captain or not, it does not affect his performance and dedication towards the team. When Virat Kohli steps out to play his 100th Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali on Friday, fans will want him to have a Ganguly-like attitude, Dhoni-like patience, a better cover drive than Sachin and a marathon innings like current coach Rahul Dravid. A more memorable 100th Test than what his career has been so far.

[Attribution to NBT]

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