Virat Kohli will be a relived man after the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 was announced on April 15, Monday, but as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), his problems have worsened after the recent loss to Mumbai Indians (MI). The Virat Kohli-led team suffered its seventh loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the hands of Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
RCB has managed to win just a single game in the T20 competition, which came against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after six successive defeats. After the drubbing, RCB are languishing at the eighth position on the points table and have been virtually knocked out of the tournament with some mathematical calculations remaining. They are left with an uphill task of winning all their remaining six games and then wait for the other results to come in their favour.
He is a great player but still a developing leader
After the disappointing results, questions have started to be raised against Kohli’s captaincy as despite being one of the best batsmen of the modern era, he has been under the pump while captaining the Bangalore-based IPL franchise. During a recent conversation, former Aussie batter and the current assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Simon Katich revealed that Kohli is still in the learning stage as a captain. Katich mentioned that that the Indian skipper is surely the best batsman of the modern era, but his leadership skills will be developed over a long period of time.
“I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well. You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” Simon Katich was quoted as saying by India Today.
He is learning from one of the greats
The former Australian all-rounder noted that as a captain it is very important to perform these roles in perfection, getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable and to help be as successful as possible. Katich also stated that Kohli has a great skipper in MS Dhoni to help him with the insights about the job.
“Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player, you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain,” the former Australian cricketer concluded.