Nick Compton, the former England opening batsman, has hailed Virat Kohli for the resurgence that the Indian Test team has undergone since he took over the reins in early 2015.
India was languishing at the No.7 spot in the Test match rankings when Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni. Under his leadership, India has gone to script a plethora of memorable heists- both home and away- besides also coming the No.1 ranked side in the world- a position that they held for three years.
Nick Compton went on to compare Virat Kohli to the legendary Michael Jordon for his drive to win games and the ability to push his teammates towards excellence.
‘What Virat (Kohli) has done for that Test team is very much in terms of the competitive nature in which he has led. I don’t think you get a man who wants to win more than him and pushes other individuals. What comes to my mind is Michael Jordan’s Netflix programme ‘The Last Dance’,” Nick Compton said during a conversation with sports presenter Dr Yash Kashikar.
“Jordan for some teammates wasn’t always the best friend they were looking for, however, when it comes to performance he pushed them, he drove & he demanded high standards. Virat Kohli is a similar type of character in that sense,” he added.
Nick Compton urges Virat Kohli to be more consistent in selections
One of the things that Virat Kohli is often criticized about, is his inconsistency in team selections. Compton too called for more stability in his team selections.
“The only thing he can probably get better at is trying to bring more stability to that team. I think the team changes too much for my liking. It seems that players who might have a more introvert personality might find it more difficult & intimidating. And perhaps question their place in the team and thus play with a bit more fear. So there has to be more consistency in selection,” Nick Compton added.
Nick Compton, who was a part of the English team that beat India in India back in 2012, feels India are too dependent on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara and need one-two solid batsman to become a team that can consistently win in overseas conditions and become a team that is very hard to beat.
“There top order is very good in the right conditions but I still think it looks like if I was a fast bowler from South Africa or Australia, I have an opportunity to take wickets. So, (Cheteshwar) Pujara for me is an absolute key, Kohli of course speaks for himself. But they are still lacking one or two very solid players. They need that resolve & strength to win overseas. All credentials are there but India needs to be the team that are very hard to beat. They are not quite there yet but no so far,” said Nick Compton.