IPL 2019: Virat Kohli is Still Learning the Traits of Captaincy Feels KKR Assistant Coach Simon Katich
Former Australian batsman and a current assistant coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Simon Katich is of the opinion that Team India skipper Virat Kohli is still learning the traits of captaincy. Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore have slumped from bad to worst and are now almost out of the competition with as many as 6 group games left. RCB are currently at the bottom of the points table with 7 losses from 8 matches and one more loss to KKR will mean they are all but out of the competition.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Mumbai Indians yesterday by 5 wickets and some of the decisions proved to be decisive in the end. Ahead of the penultimate over, Kohli wanted to give the ball to Navdeep Saini. However, Ashish Nehra from the sidelines urged him to g with Pawan Negi who is a left-arm spinner. It was a gamble which should have been taken with two right-handers at the crease. However, it wasn’t to be as Hardik Pandya finished off the match in that over itself. In the process, MI won their 5th game in 8 matches and are at the 3rd position in the points table.
Despite being one of the greatest ever batsmen to grace the game, Virat Kohli still needs substantial improvement in leadership qualities. Simon Katich feels that the 30-year-old still needs to develop himself as a leader.
“I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well,” Katich told IANS in an interview.
“You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” said the 43-year old former Test opener.
Virat Kohli will be leading Team India in the World Cup in just over a month’s time in England and Wales. Simon Katich feels that while Kohli will take the role of leading from the front with the bat in hand, the inputs of MS Dhoni will also come in pretty handy in the tournament.
“He has got everything covered as a player, he is going to go down as one of all time greats. There is no doubt about that. As a leader, he has got attributes like passion and energy he brings to the team, India and RCB. He wants to win and has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain.
“But there is also more to it than that. Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain,” Simon Katich said.
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