Former India cricketer VVS Laxman praised Virat Kohli for his leadership of Team India. Laxman said that Virat Kohli’s intensity and body language stand as his unique characteristics. The cricketer-turned-commentator also said that Kohli backs his instincts — and that is what good captains do. His words arrive after the Indian team defeated England by 157 runs in the 4th Test of the ongoing England vs India Test series.
India were on the backfoot after the 1st innings. England bowled out India for 191 in the 1st innings and put up 290-10 on the scoreboard, thereby earning a lead of 99 runs. However, the Indian team bounced back with a mammoth 466-10 on the scoreboard in the 2nd innings. As a result, Joe Root-led England got a target of 368 runs in the final innings and could only reach 210 before losing all the wickets.
VVS Laxman Admires Virat Kohli’s Intensity And Body Language
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, VVS Laxman praised Virat Kohli for his effective leadership of the team. Laxman mentioned that he likes Virat’s Kohli intensity and body language that he shows on the field. He also lauded the Indian skipper for backing his instincts.
“I think all the good captain, even the captain that I played under, one thing which was very similar is they back their instincts and that is what Virat Kohli is doing that at the moment. He is backing his instincts and I support it because ultimately you have to be accountable for the decisions you make.
“And thats why you are the captain of the team. It is not what the world is talking or what the world is thinking. As long as you believe in what decisions you are making that’s fine. That is the role of the captain”, Laxman said.
“The second thing that I always admire as far as Kohli is concerned, is his intensity. Every ball, you see his body language and you see his intensity. It is next to impossible for someone to sustain that intensity for a longer period of time. But for him to continue to play with the same intensity, to show the positive and aggressive body language is just so infectious.
“And I think it is something unique for Virat Kohli because leading Indian team is never easy. There is so much pressure, so much responsibility on your shoulders, but I haven’t seen Virat Kohli’s intensity drop off”, Laxman further said.
Rohit Sharma, who played a major role to take India to a massive total in the 2nd innings with his century (127), was awarded a player for the match. With the victory in the 4th Test, India lead the 5-match Test series 2-1. The England vs India 5th and the final Test will be played at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. The encounter will begin on September 10 (Friday).