Over the past 2-3 years, Virat Kohli has been lauded and applauded by the majority of the cricketing world. He has broken records at will and is slowing inching towards greatness, with his batting and now with his captaincy. But when you’re the India captain, everything related to your game is judged, and one thing which has been talked about a lot recently is captain Kohli’s aggression on the field, recently addressed by former South Africa cricketer Jacques Kallis.
Greats like Sachin Tendulkar have credited the team’s success to the aggressive nature of Virat Kohli and his hunger to be at the top of his game. Former South Africa legend Jacques Kallis recently spoke regarding India’s ongoing tour to South Africa and Kohli’s aggressive nature that has been witnessed a number of times over the past 2 months.
Jacques Kallis believes that the aggression is working wonderfully well for Virat Kohli, however, it could harm the team if not curbed down. But the 42-year-old was quick to applaud the RCB captain’s passion for the game and his work ethic. According to him, with more experience and age, the aggression in Virat Kohli will slowly come down automatically.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, the all-rounder Jacques Kallis said,
“He has been aggressive and I think it works for his game. But it may be an area he needs to look at… the way it works for him he has got to see if it works for his team. It might be an area to tone it down a little bit. It certainly brings out the best in him and I think he should not change too much for him. He bats well when he is aggressive within himself.”
“As a leader sometimes you cannot always be as aggressive as he is, that is an area he will work on, he is still young in his captaincy. I am sure he will chill out a little more as he gets a little bit older. But he is obviously very passionate and that is nice to see.”
Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, team India won their first ever bilateral series against South Africa in South Africa this week, following their 73 run win in the 5th ODI. Personally for the 29-year-old 2017 was a fantastic year, having scored over 2700 international runs, including 3 double hundreds and 8 centuries. For his excellent performance over the past 14 months, he recently received the ICC Player of the Year trophy, only the 4th Indian to achieve this feat.
Along with that he also received the ODI Player of the Year award and was appointed the captain of test and ODI team of the year. If anyone thought 2017 was great for the Delhi batsman, 2018 couldn’t have started on a better note for him.
He smashed a 150 and a fifty in the test series versus South Africa before scoring another 2 tons and 1 fifty in the ongoing ODI series. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the ODI series. After the 6th ODI in Centurion, Virat Kohli will lead team India into a 3 match T20 series against the Proteas.