Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Daniel Vettori has lavished praises on current Indian captain and leader of the Bangalore-based franchise Virat Kohli, claiming he is the perfect example of a leader. Vettori has closely monitored the growth of Kohli from being a brash youngster when he was the captain of RCB to becoming one of the best players in the world.
Speaking to Cricbuzz on Kohli’s evolution as a player and a captain, Vettori said, “I’ve seen Virat at all stages of his career, he was there when I was the captain of the team, he was young and trying to find his way. To develop himself into a fantastic batsman and one of the fittest people in world cricket is amazing. He has set an example for all of Indian cricket. Everyone tries to train in a similar manner, it has taken the Indian team forward dramatically. That’s a testament to him, how a leader should be showing the way.”
Vettori also added that despite his passion, intensity and aggression on the field, Kohli was a thorough student of the game off it. “The thing I’ve found with Virat in particular as a captain – and obviously there are two sides to it — there is the passion. Do whatever I can to win on game day. Off the field, he is very receptive to information, he listens and wants to learn, as well as having his own thoughts on everything that is going on in the game of cricket. So none of us can really appreciate the magnitude of his role and the pressure that is on him and how exhausting the schedule is. But he manages it better than anyone I have ever seen.”
Vettori will now be hoping that Kohli is well rested from a busy international schedule as he gears his Bangalore squad up for the 11th edition of the IPL. After a disappointing 10th season, the Reds will be hoping for a swift turnaround this year and Kohli will have to be a central figure if they are to make a resurgent comeback.