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- Former RCB Coach talks about Virat Kohli ahead of IPL 2020
- Virat Kohli was a bit of a loner said RCB’s former Coach
Virat Kohli, on papers, is not only one of the best cricketers of the modern era but also one of the most successful Indian Captains. His record for team India has been top-notch, however, looking at the Indian Premier League tournaments, Kohli, so far, has failed to replicate the same while leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The former RCB Coach, Ray Jennings, explained what are the reasons behind the same saying that Kohli at times backed the wrong players which may have hurt the RCB’s chances in the previous seasons of the cash rich tournament.
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Jennings who had coached RCB between 2009 and 2014 said that he wanted certain players to play a particular role in the team, however, Kohli had different plans.
Jennings said, “If I have to look back then I would say that in IPL there used to be 25-30 players (in the squad) and it was the coach’s duty to look after all the players. Sometimes he was a bit of a loner in the team.”
He added, “Sometimes, he backed the wrong players. But, you can’t blame him for that. I wanted certain players to bowl or bat in certain conditions/situations but he had different ideas,”.
Jennings is the same person under who RCB saw their best IPL seasons, even reached the finale of the tournament twice. Jennings explained how leading an IPL side could be different than a national side.
“See, IPL is very different from international cricket. In six weeks’ time, some players can pick form and some may go awry. So, someone in the group needs to be there all the time. When I was there certain players should have played more but he has different views. However, that is in the past and it’s nice to see him maturing day by day and he will start winning IPL trophies,” Jennings said.
When he was asked about Kohli being at the forefront of RCB’s leadership group and still failing to achieve the desired results, Jennings said that IPL is a tournament of small margins and expected the RCB skipper to get better.
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He said, “We shouldn’t forget IPL is a game of small margins. He has made it to the semi-finals (playoffs) and final and he will definitely achieve a lot more success in the coming years. Sometimes, criticism is that he doesn’t enjoy time with the players.”
Jennings added, “But, I can understand that since a captain has a lot on his plate. Also, the auction is a very important factor (in the team’s performance),”.
The South Africa who has worked with Kohli during his formative years in the Indian Premier League has high prise for the him who is also the current highest run scorer in the IPL tournament. Flemmings believes that Kohli’s best is yet to be seen.
Jennings added, “Virat Kohli has always been an unbelievable cricket brain. He sets very high standards (for himself) and we went along despite one or two problems. You needed somebody around Virat to guide him (at that point in time). Of course, he and I bumped a few times but he is a good guy and a very quick learner.” He added, “Nice to see him grow as a player and now as a captain. His mannerism is great. His best is yet to come,”.