New Delhi, Aug 26: It is not often that you see India winning a Test overseas but Virat Kohli’s penchant for taking calculated risks could buck that trend, feels Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
During a media interaction, Gilchrist said: “I think his (Kohli) natural attacking style will help the team take on new frontiers (winning overseas and conquering final frontiers). He looks like the sort of guy who is prepared to take risks, certainly in his individual play.”
Gilchrist further said: “With time, he will learn more about his style of leadership — whether he is prepared to take the risks in winning or losing a match. He is a risk taker and I think that will make for positive cricket.”
The win against Sri Lanka in Colombo was India’s first after nine Tests, all away, besides giving Kohli his maiden victory as captain. Besides that fact, India are yet to win a series in Australia and South Africa.
KOhli has brought fresh energy to the team as the new leader but India’s performance abroad remains a worry, something that has acknowledged by the BCCI top brass especially secretary Anurag Thakur.
In Kohli’s style of captaincy, the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman found shades of Michael Clarke, who retired from international cricket a couple of days back.
“I would say Kohli is very similar to Clarke. He (Clarke) was also a risk taker with regards to being prepared to lose even when there is a chance to win. Look he was a world class batsman. The leading batsman in the world for number of years. He was a wonderful servant for Australian cricket. I am sure he will do well in retirement,” said Gilchrist.
(With Agency Inputs)