VVS Laxman, a former Indian batsman has termed Virat Kohli as a “true leader” and a “trendsetter” in Indian cricket after he strengthened his hold as the most successful Test skipper.
With 22 victories under his belt, Virat Kohli overtook MS Dhoni as captain with the most Test wins on Indian soil after the hosts defeated England in a pink-ball clash in Ahmedabad. With 35 wins overall, he is already the most successful Indian Test captain.
VVS Laxman: Virat Kohli Is A True Leader And Trendsetter Transforming The Mindset Of Indian Players
During a discussion on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, VVS Laxman was asked about the sort of legacy Virat Kohli has already established. The cricketer-turned-commentator responded that the Indian skipper embodies the characteristics of a “true leader” and has brought about a generational turnaround.
“I feel a captain becomes a trendsetter. He not only pays attention to his own performance but when he inspires others while playing his own game, that is the hallmark of a true leader. So I feel Virat Kohli is a true leader because he has not only inspired the players in the team but an entire generation, whether you take fitness, diet and the intensity which he shows on the field,” said Laxman.
The 46-year-old former batsman also stressed that Virat Kohli has instilled a fitness culture and a winning mindset in the Indian team.
“The way he has transformed the mindset of the Indian players as far as fitness is concerned, the character he has built in the Indian team, that never-say-die attitude. He has left a legacy where everyone plays for the country, everyone wants to win matches from difficult situations for the country and he is a trendsetter, there is no doubt about that,” added Laxman.
Virat Kohli has played 90 Tests, 251 ODIs, and 84 T20Is and he averages above 50 in each of the three formats. His average of 59.31 in ODIs is the second-best ever after Netherlands Ryan Ten Doeschate who averaged 67 while playing from 2006 to 2011. But considering those who have played 50 ODIs or more, his average is the best.
He is the fastest player to reach 12,000 runs in ODIs. Virat Kohli is the second-highest scorer for India in One Day International Cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar. He is also the fastest batsman to breach the 10,000 run-mark. In ODIs, Virat Kohli has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. He holds the world record for being the fastest batsman to reach 12,000 runs in ODI cricket.
VVS Laxman Terms Virat Kohli As Undoubtedly Greatest Batsman In ODIs
VVS Laxman also termed Indian skipper Virat Kohli as “arguably the greatest-ever ODI batsman” and the best all-format player of the current era.
“As a batsman, there is no doubt that he is probably the greatest batsman in ODI cricket, in all the three formats if you take the current generation, he is way ahead of his other competitors in world cricket and wins matches with the bat in all three formats,” observed Laxman.
While Virat Kohli’s overall captaincy record speaks for itself, India not having an ICC trophy under his leadership remains the only blemish. He will have two opportunities to set the record straight this year – the ICC World Test Championship final if India makes it that far, and the T20 World Cup at home.