After the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Indians, South African captain Aiden Markram remains under fire the most. However, the young captain found support in his counterpart Virat Kohli who believes that South Africans should be patient with him.
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During the post-match presentation, the crowd at Centurion audibly heckled at Markram who played only his seventh One-day International.
The Test opener Markram was handed the captaincy of the national side in only his third game for South Africa.
Since Faf du Plessis was ruled out of the remainder of the limited-overs leg of the Indian tour, the onus was on young Markram to lead the side.
Markram has been successful for the Proteas in the U-19 and ‘A’ level. He led the South African Under-19 side towards victory in 2014 Youth ICC World Cup.
“He’s (Markram) obviously captained his province and he has captained at the junior level as well. I would really suggest people show patience with him because he is potentially your next leader. He is a top-class batsman as well. It’s a joy to watch him play and he has definitely got the talent to dominate as a batsman,” quoted Virat Kohli during the elaborate post-match conference.
Further, Kohli empathized with the 23-year-old after the massive loss. VK believes that the Titan is on the right track and the think tank has to be patient with him.
Markram’s composure and temperament impressed Kohli
“He’s got the right mindset to dominate as a leader too. He just needs some time. I can totally empathize with him because I’ve been in that position. All I can say is he’s on the right track,” added Kohli.
The man of the series winner with 558 runs to his name, concluded the session by citing out Markram’s composure and temperament as his biggest quality, which should be present in a leader.
“It is not easy and I understand it. Especially, when the results are not going your way. I have been very impressed with his batting and as a captain as well he is really composed from what I saw in the field. It is not easy when things are not going your way but he is someone who doesn’t seem to lose his cool, which I think is a very good thing and a very positive sign,” concluded Virat Kohli.
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