Indian captain Virat Kohli will step into the national colours for the first time in nine months when India’s tour of Australia gets underway. India and Australia will lock horns in three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests from the 27th of November. Former Australian captain Mark Taylor greatly respects Virat Kohli and hailed him as a powerful man within the game.
Virat Kohli’s decision to skip the last three Tests created an uproar amongst the Australian media and their former cricketers. The 32-year old will miss the Tests in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, expecting the birth of his first child. Kohli’s aggressiveness across facets was one of the significant seasons that kept India at the top of the Test rankings for three years and beating last time the hosts down under.
Mark Taylor reckons that Virat Kohli is quite a powerful man in world cricket and lauds him for maintaining a fine line between aggressiveness and being a statesman. Taylor stated that Kohli does the job quite well.
“I think he is a very powerful guy in world cricket, but I think he does a very good job to walk that fine line in being an aggressive cricketer and also a statesman. I think he’s doing it very well,” Taylor told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think he treats that responsibility with great respect” : Mark Taylor
The New South Wales former cricketer believes that he handles the responsibility of being the pioneer cricketer exceptionally well. Taylor said that watching him play feels that Virat Kohli is his person. The 56-year old added that the right-handed batsman is quite respectful of the sport, of his competitors, and the former players.
“I think he treats that responsibility with great respect. e’s still very much his own person when you watch him play. I’ve always found him in the times I’ve spoken to him to be very respectful to the game and those playing it and those who have played it,” he added.