IPL 2018: Virat Kohli Always Had the Hunger to be Great – Gary Kirsten
Virat Kohli has reached enormous heights in his career and is en-route to become one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game.
Kohli is one of the finest batsmen of his generation and has always made sure he gave his 100 percent on the field.
A lot of former and present cricketers have hailed Kohli for his determination towards his game, and his desire to succeed.
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Kohli has dominated bowlers all around the world and has left no stone unturned for in regards to finding success with the bat.
The Indian captain has been successful with the bat in India as well as out of India, with just England being the only country where he had failed.
However, one of the rare failures in his career has been his incapability to lead his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore to an title. Kohli has been associated with RCB since the beginning of the league in 2008.
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This year, Kohli has been joined by former Indian coach, Gary Kirsten who helped India lift the World Cup after 28 years in 2011. Kirsten is the batting coach and also the mentor of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kirsten has known Kohli from a very early age, as the right-handed batsman had started his international career under Kirsten guidance.
Kirsten in an interview said Kohli always had the hunger to be great and even a person with little knowledge about the game would have sensed that he will become one of the greatest ever.
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“It is great to be working with Virat again because he started when I was the coach. We had a lot of conversations early in his career about how he needs to set up his game. We knew he was going to be a great player; it was just a question of when and how he needed to play to be able to achieve the consistency in his game.”
“A lot of those conversations have in many ways given him some of the thinking around how he needs to build his game. That has been fun. To come back and start working with him again to see how he is going, we are just kind of building that relationship again. I am really enjoying it.”
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“Any guy with half a cricket eye would have known that he was going to be a great player. His hunger for runs, his ball-striking ability – we are talking 2008 – he hit the ball to all parts of the ground, got natural power and then the determination to go with it. He had the hunger to be great. It was all there. That’s one of the easier recruitments you could make.”
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