Virat Kohli a Proactive Captain, Makes Things Happen: Sunil Gavaskar
Since 1993 Indian team never tasted such success in the Emerald Isles and former skipper Sunil Gavaskar was full of praise for the 26-year-old batsman Virat Kohli.
After suffering an unexpected defeat in Galle, Kohli, who had advocated passionate and aggressive cricket, pioneered a stunning turnaround to win the last two in Colombo and take the series 2-1. While Sri Lanka were decimated by 278 runs at the P. Sara Oval, they crashed to a 117-run defeat in the final session of the third and final Test on Tuesday.
“Virat Kohli is a proactive captain – he does not let the game stagnate and makes things happen to upset the opposition. But it may not be an option against stronger teams in the longer run,” Gavaskar said in an interview.
Gavaskar had been critical of Kohli’s move to bat at No. 4 instead of the more crucial No. 3 spot and had also refused to comment on his leadership abilities after India failed to win any of his first four Tests as captain.
But on Tuesday, the former opening batsman said the early signs (as captain) shown by Kohli were very encouraging. “His bowling changes and field placings can upset the opposition. His pro-activeness is a huge plus,” Gavaskar added.
Well talking about Ishant Sharma, Gavaskar also had a word of praise for him, who finished with 13 wickets in the series, including eight in the third and final Test.
“Ishant is probably bowling better than he ever has. He has come on very well over the last six months, particularly in this series,” said Gavaskar. But he also hoped that the pacer would learn to balance his ‘anger’ once the objective of dismissing a batsman has been achieved.
“An angry fast bowler is very important (for the captain and team). But once the objective has been achieved, it is important to balance it out. Taking a wicket should be a moment of joy, not a moment of anger,” said Gavaskar.