Former Australian cricketer and the current head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Simon Katich, has termed India and RCB skipper, Virat Kohli, as the most professional cricketer that he has ever seen.
The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have been on a roll this season, having won five of their first six fixtures.
Speaking to BBC Sports, Simon Katich said the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are their own coaches, given their vast experience of having played t the top level for more than a decade.
Katich hailed Virat for his curiosity to keep evolving and learning about new things that might possibly help him improve his game.
“They (Virat & AB de Villiers) are their own coaches because they know their game – and the game – inside out because of the volume of cricket they’ve played, Virat still wants to learn, though, and is always asking if we can see anything that might improve his game, but a player of his caliber, there is not a lot wrong with his game,” Simon Katich said.
“What I learned very quickly is that Virat is probably the most professional player I’ve ever seen, and that is saying something when you think about the era of Australian cricket I played in (2001-2010),” he added.
Simon Katich further lauded Virat Kohli’s commitment to the game despite him having achieved almost everything in his career.
*Whether that is in the gym or with his nutrition or all the recovery and rehab work you do, he leaves no stone unturned. A lot of players do that but he takes it to the nth degree,” the former Australian cricketer added.
In terms of Virat Kohli’s leadership, the thing that has impressed Simon Katich the most is his unrelenting willingness to compete and win every single game.
“From a leadership perspective, what stood out was his (Kohli’s) will to win and will to compete. As a leader, you can’t ask much more than that. He was magnificent,” Simon Katich further added.
Katich added that he and his coaching staff do their best to take as much pressure off Virat’s shoulders, given the numerous responsibilities that he handles.
“We try to take as much as we can off his plate. He is such a busy man with leading India and all the commercial commitments he has for RCB throughout the tournament,” Katich signed off.