The old-school coach
His last competitive outing had been the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he had looked hassled at the crease and was getting caught off leading edges. More than once, he had walked off the field mouthing expletives, livid at his own indiscretions.
A determined Kohli, desperate to iron out the blemish, had spent close to 45 minutes in the nets during India’s first practice session at Hambantota, Sri Lanka. As he took his pads off, the prolific Delhi right-hander received a nudge on his back, along with a word of advice. A discreet technical nugget, which he says, changed his batting completely.
“It was a complete wonder. I was too side-on in my stance and was struggling to sight the ball. He (coach Duncan Fletcher) just told me to open my shoulders a little while hitting the ball,” recalls Kohli, who has since then averaged 69.25 across all formats.
The inconspicuous surveillance and the offhand yet pertinent remark from the sidelines are trademarks of Fletcher’s methods as coach. They are as much a part of his personality as are his Zen-like countenance, the dark shades he always wears and the prominent jowls.
Awe-inspiring, Braveheart-type speeches are certainly not
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