Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that the competitive nature of skipper Virat Kohli is such that does not only have a positive impact on the rest of his teammates but it also rubs off on his team.
Karthik further added that Virat Kohli isn’t the only person on the Indian team who is aggressive. He stated that the likes of Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya also wear their heart on their sleaves and they hate losing.
“We speak a lot about Kohli because of his antiques, his body language, but there are quite a few intense characters there. Hardik Pandya, you see he’ll be chirping all the way, he is somebody who just doesn’t want to let go,” Dinesh Karthik said on Sky Sports.
“You see a Rohit Sharma, he’s a very quiet guy but plays with so much aggression. Very aggressive but might not show it with his body language but he wants to win everything. Bhuvneshwar Kumar… you go speak to him and he is somebody who can’t take a loss very well. So you’ve got all these characters. Kohli is at the forefront with his body language, he’s obviously the captain who leads from the front,” he added.
Dinesh Karthik also went on to hail Team India’s ability to bounce back from any given situation after their 66-run-win against England in the first One-day International.
“If you remember, Virat Kohli said at the toss. If there’s one thing he wants to do, it’s to try and win the first game and not always come back in a series. That’s exactly what he’s done. I think this Indian team believes it can win from any situation. 14.2 overs, 135 for no loss and from there just to get them all out in the next 116 runs takes a special effort,” Karthik said.
“Out of the 10 wickets, nine fell to fast bowlers so there must be something they must be doing right because England couldn’t get many wickets in the middle but India kept chipping away,” he added.