Former Australian cricketer Allan Border defended Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s actions suggesting cricket needs such passionate characters. However, Indian National Cricket Team lost the second Test by 146 runs and leveled the series 1-1.
Border heaped praises on Kohli
Meanwhile, Kohli’s on-field behaviour came under the light once again in the second Test between India and Australia series at Perth with the Indian skipper getting into a war of words with his counterpart Tim Paine.
“There’s not many characters in our game at the moment. The professional era has sort of beaten that out to a certain degree,” Allan Border said on Fox Cricket’s podcast — The Follow-on.
Moreover, India is still yet to win a Test series against Australia Down Under. The Australian legend said that Virat Kohli is more keen to win the away matches and is rightly the top-ranked Test batsmen.
“He’s so keen to win away from home and really deserve that number one ranking … that’s your KPIs (key performance indicators) as a captain I suppose,” Border added.
India came into the Australia Test series having lost back-to-back away series this year – against South Africa and England. However, Allan Border feels that India now with Australia will take the final challenge before the IPL and the World Cup.
“To drive the team to be number one, which he has achieved, but to win away from home is one of those important things you notice as a captain.” he further added.
The 63-year-old also opined that as the leader, Virat Kohli feels the need to manifest the passion and drive. He also applauded the entire team members for their contribution towards the nation.
“The rest of the Indian boys are very good cricketers but seem to me a quiet bunch. And maybe Kohli feels as skipper he needs to lead from the front and really show some passion and drive. I think it just comes naturally to him,” Allan Border concluded.