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  1. Do not follow Virat Kohli blindly, says Rahul Dravid; makes big anti-Virat statement

Do not follow Virat Kohli blindly, says Rahul Dravid; makes big anti-Virat statement

Amid all the accomplishment that the Men in Blue have achieved over the last few years, former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is not willing to give the credit to Virat Kohli.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 30, 2017 8:19 PM
Rahul Dravid. (PTI)

India has been touching new heights with its new found aggression on the field and some cricket fans have attributed this accomplishment to the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Amid all the accomplishment that the Men in Blue have achieved over the last few years, former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is not willing to give the credit to Virat Kohli. He says he does not believe that the success of Team India is because of Kohli’s captaincy. Instead, it is all about game performance. Dravid while speaking at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday said that matches can be won even by players who do not have tattoos, and on-field cool dude image would be of little help for a winning streak. “Virat sometimes comes across as outrageous and I cringe on reading his statements before a series. But if he can bring the best out of himself by needling the opposition, so be it,” he said as per Times of India report.

Although Dravid admitted that he can never be like Kohli with tattoos, he also defended the Indian captain by saying that a little bit of aggression is also needed on the pitch. He said,”We want a little bit of lip on the field.” Dravid, whose impregnable batting technique had earned him the title ‘The Wall’ from the cricket fans also adviced budding cricketers not to imitate Kohli blindly, as per TOI report.

When Dravid was asked on the topic of the selection process of coaches, he cited the instance of Anil Kumble. The former Indian captain said that it was very unfortunate for a legend who was part of the Indian team who had highest number of wins had to depart unceremoniously. At the same time, it is quite common that coaches always get sacked. I also am the Under-19 Indian team coach. I may also be sacked, as per TOI report. Notably, Kumble was sacked as the coach of Indian cricket team earlier this year after a rift with Virat Kohli.

When he was asked on Dhoni’s retirement he said, People might have different opinions on when Dhoni should retire. But, if the board have chosen him it means he can play for India as long as he wants.

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