Indian openar Shikhar Dhawan today said the “controlled and aggressive” nature of skipper Virat Kohli rubs off on the entire team and fires up the players to be more attacking on the field.
“He (Kohli) is really controlled and aggressive in the field and that brings aggressiveness on all the players too and we are also more attacking towards the opponents,” said Dhawan ahead of the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
Dhawan and Kohli have been friends since their Ranji days as they used to play for Delhi together. Asked about their friendship, the left hander said, ‘We are still same and it is not that something has changed. It is good that my captain has expectations from me and I hope I play consistently for my team.’
During the tour of Australia Dhawan and Kohli was involved in a dressing room clash which both of them later denied.
Dhawan was talking at the press conference before leaving for Sri Lanka. He was asked about the three match Test series in Sri Lanka, the left hander, “It is going to be a good series. They have also got a young side and we also don’t have mature Test side so it is going to be a good competition.”
When he was asked about the competition with KL Rahul for the opening slot, Dhawan said the competition is good for Indian cricket team; and he takes the competition positively.
“Players put in more effort because you can be kicked out if you don’t play well and make mistakes. I take it positively and try to ensure that I give my best.”
Dhawan, who scored the fastest Test ton on debut against Australia in 2013, said it is good to have batsmen who can score runs quickly in modern day Test cricket.
“In Test cricket now, you also need players who can score quickly; it has become very important because sometimes in second innings or first innings if you score quickly it helps the team. I have always been like that, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Dhawan struggled to back in form Down Under Test series, before scoring a prolofic 173 against Bangladesh in one off Test in Dhaka. Dhawan justified his presenge in the India being quick in run accumulating.