New Delhi: He loves wearing his heart on his sleeve and Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes it is this very trait that helps bring out the best in him when he faces tough opponents like the Australians.
The biggest example was the knock against the Aussies on Wednesday when Kohli registered the quickest century by an Indian in ODI cricket.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Sharma said the Australians’ ploy to get into a verbal duel the moment he came to bat was a trick that backfired on the visitors and ended up egging on the Delhi batsman, who has made a habit of scoring big every time India chases down mammoth targets.
“There is a saying — horses for courses. While some strategies work against some players, they don’t even bother others. The same goes for Virat when opposition players try to serve him verbal volleys. He is in the Javed Miandad mould in this case. The more opposition players pass comments and take digs at him, the more determined he gets to make them eat their words. He is not at all hassled by these verbal duels. On the contrary, every time the opposition starts doing that, I just smile and watch how he takes them on,” Sharma revealed.
While most players forget their roots once they become stars, Kohli is one of the few players who still calls his coach up the moment a game is over and discusses his batting. “He calls me as soon as the match gets over and asks me about his game. While I generally try and tell him about the areas where he went wrong yesterday all I told him was that he had made us all proud. He did tell me that the ball came on to the bat well and he just went on with the flow. To be honest, I don’t think that the Australians would have expected him to carry on from where Shikhar Dhawan had left,” he said.
Sharma says Kohli focussed on training for this series keeping in mind the weaknesses of the Aussie bowlers.
“Playing the bouncing ball has never been an issue with him, so we didn’t really work on that. What we did was adjust to the change in pace and the variations that the Australians would offer,” he said.
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