India vs Windies 2018, Virat Kohli, Mike Brearley
Virat Kohli needs people around who can challenge him tells Mike Brearley. Credits - AFP

Former England, skipper Mike Brearley, expressed his disappointment with the leadership skills of Virat Kohli in the fifth and final Test between England and India.

Meanwhile, India suffered a 4-1 loss in the recently concluded series following a loss by 114 runs in London. However, the margin could have increased if KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant didn’t score centuries in the final day.

“I was slightly sad with his captaincy at The Oval when England started to get on top,” Mike Brearley said to Daily Mail. “He let things drift a bit, whereas when the match was evenly fought, or they were in with a chance, or had the new ball against Root,” he added

Furthermore, Mike Brearley sounded cautious with Kohli as he feels his strength can lead to his faults. He also added that Virat Kohli should have people who can challenge him and take him on.

Virat Kohli Need People Around Who Can Challenge Him - Mike Brearley
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“I admire him probably as much as any cricketer I’ve seen. But there is a risk: everyone’s strengths can become faults and in his case, his articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.

“He needs people around him who will tackle him, take him on, challenge him, otherwise he’ll get opinionated and dogmatic, and then powerful — sometimes for good, sometimes not. I can imagine he might be difficult to play for. He’d be very impatient of carelessness or laziness or lack of intensity. And some people aren’t of that mentality,” Mike Brearley added

Mickey Arthur, Virat Kohli
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Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is currently leading the India squad in the two-match Test series against Windies. He scored his 24th Test century as India beat the visitors by an innings and 235 runs to go 1-0 up.

The second and the final Test between India and Windies start from October 12 at Hyderabad.

Ankush Das

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