Former England first-class cricketer, Mike Brearley conveys he can see the similar animal energy in the India skipper, Virat Kohli.
In the ongoing five-match Test series between England and India, the hosts have already wrapped up the series with a 3-1 margin. However, Virat Kohli so far is the highest run-getter, scoring 544 runs of which he had made two centuries and three half-centuries.
After losing both the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests, India won the game at Trent Bridge, and later got flattered against the hosts in Southampton.
Moreover, India is relying on Virat Kohli who is playing some fantastic cricket for his team. The middle-order batsman is not able to put pressure on the hosts. Meanwhile, the Indian bowlers did some fantastic job throughout the series picking up regular wickets at an interval. Virat Kohli and Co will be keen to win the last and final Test match of the series.
Moreover, Mike Brearley also said Virat Kohli is an intelligent cricketer.
His presence can be seen on the field, although Kohli has a typical personality, expression, and authority that can be dangerous for him to become oppressive.
“I love watching him play cricket. He is a very intelligent captain and has tremendous presence on the field. But he has so much charisma, articulacy and authority that there’s a danger of him becoming authoritarian.” Mike Brearley added.
During a chat with TOI on the sidelines of the Oval Test, Mike Brearley spoke about the role of education in a cricketer’s development, what goes into the making of a good captain and shouldn’t do as captain.
Furthermore, Virat Kohli played 70 Tests and 211 ODI matches for India. He scored 6098 and 9779 in both the format averaging 54.44 and 58.20.
Virat Kohli highest Test score is 243, and unbeaten 183 in ODIs. Kohli approaches 30, as the most relentless and popular performer in the sport.
He is already a World Cup winner (2011), the Player of the tournament at a World T20 (2014) and has led India to a record eight consecutive Test series win.