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Former skipper Rahul Dravid feels that one of the great things for Indian cricket is the fact that the current captain Virat Kohli values Test cricket so much. We have often seen how Kohli has put his weight behind the pristine form of the game and he always wants to do well in the red-ball version. Kohli was against the idea of reducing the Test matches to four days and he had made his statements clear.
Meanwhile, Kohli is always focussed to do well in the Test format and pushes his team to be the best. Kohli had led India to the numero uno position in the Test ranking in 2016 and they were recently toppled by Australia from the top spot.
Virat Kohli always wants to do better in the Test fold
On the other hand, Kohli had become the first Indian captain to savour success on the Australia soil when the team won by 2-1 on the 2018-19 tour. Kohli has focussed on strengthening India’s pace bowling and a lot of credit goes to the captain for setting the fitness goals high for the whole team.
Rahul Dravid believes Kohli understands the value of the Test cricket and he respects the oldest format of the game. The Test fold is the real ‘Test’ for any cricketer as it throws challenges in every aspect of the game.
Dravid added that it is a great role model for the future generation that the captain has put his weight behind the red-ball version. The Wall also feels that Kohli understands that his respect is going to come on how he performs in the Indian whites.
Rahul Dravid said while talking to Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPN Cricinfo videocast, “One of the great things for India is that Virat Kohli values Test cricket so much. He is always talking about it and I have had a couple of conversations with him. He is always talking about how do we do well in Test cricket. I think he understands that the real respect for him as a cricketer is going to come from his success in Test cricket. And I think that’s a great role model for a lot of our cricketers to follow”.
Virat Kohli is placed at the second place in the ICC Test rankings and he has scored 7240 runs in 86 Test matches at an impressive average of 53.63.