Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich has opened up on the modes of coaching he adopts for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Royal Challengers Bangalore have got two of the best batsmen in the world in captain Virat Kohli and keeper-batsman AB de Villiers – both of them who have carried their team’s hopes for several years. Simon Katich claims that both the players are their own coaches and know their game inside out.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have made an incredible start to their IPL 2021 campaign, winning four out of their first five matches. The Bangalore-based franchise’s only loss has come against the Chennai Super Kings, who smashed them by 69 runs on Sunday in Mumbai. Barring that, the Royal Challengers have arguably looked the team to beat, with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers contributing to their dominance in every way possible alongside other players.
Simon Katich claimed that Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are their own coaches since having played so much cricket, they understand their game inside out. The former Australian opener revealed that Kohli is still keen to learn and wants to know any area on which he could improve. Nevertheless, Katich feels that the 32-year old hardly has any chink in his armoury.
“They (Virat & AB de Villiers) are their own coaches because they know their game – and the game – inside out because of the volume of cricket they’ve played, Virat still wants to learn, though, and is always asking if we can see anything that might improve his game, but a player of his calibre, there is not a lot wrong with his game,” Katich told BBC Sports.
Virat is probably the most professional player I’ve ever seen: Simon Katich
Simon Katich, who was part of Australia’s most dominant era in world cricket, labelled the RCB captain as the most professional player. The 45-year old works exceptionally hard in the gym; regarding his diet, recovery and rehab work, Virat leaves no stone unturned. The Western Australian admits that all the players do it; however, Kohli fulfils his duties to the maximum extent.
“What I learned very quickly is that Virat is probably the most professional player I’ve ever seen, and that is saying something when you think about the era of Australian cricket I played in (2001-2010), Whether that is in the gym or with his nutrition or all the recovery and rehab work you do, he leaves no stone unturned. A lot of players do that but he takes it to the nth degree,” he added.