Simon Taufel On Virat Kohli: The Indian captain Virat Kohli has grown by leaps and bounds since making his international debut in 2008. Kohli has gone on to become a modern-day great. The 31-years-old is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world across all formats currently. He is also one of the best to have ever played the game of cricket.
When Kohli made his international debut, he was a raw and aggressive cricketer with immense talent and potential. He slowly and steadily improved all the flaws in his game and took his fitness level to an unimaginable peak. With his sound technique and orthodox cricketing shots, he has scored runs all around the world without any fuss. He has registered many batting records under his name and has also broken many in the process. As a leader of the team, he is also achieving incredible feats.
The whole cricketing world sits and adores Virat Kohli. Former Australian cricket umpire Simon Taufel has also heaped praise on Virat Kohli. Taufel was ICC’S Umpire Of The Year, five consecutive times between 2004 and 2008. He reckons Virat Kohli as one of his favourite captains.
Taufel received a question to pick his favourite skippers of cricket, considering his immense experience. He named George Bailey, Mark Taylor and Mahela Jayawardene, and Virat Kohli. Taufel stressed on Virat Kohli’s incredible journey and also highlighted his humility after becoming the captain of the national team.
Simon Taufel stressed On Virat Kohli’s humility after becoming the captain of the team.
“It’s very important from a leader’s perspective to not only be the best they can be but to lead by example. It’s fair to say that the India team you’re seeing now is the fittest and most agile team in many years. That’s because Virat leads by example in that area and he doesn’t ask people to do things that he wouldn’t do himself. I think that’s a very important quality as a leader,” said Taufel in interaction with Inswinging Yorker.
“The other thing is his humility. Virat is really starting to mature as a leader and he’s really starting to show some humility. I was at the ‘Pink-ball’ Test match at Kolkata in November last year and at the end of the game when he was given the trophy, you would expect him to stand in the middle with the silverware.
However, on this occasion, he chose not to. He instead gave the trophy to a player who wasn’t a part of the squad in that match. Virat went on to stand on the side with the team’s support staff. It wasn’t about Virat Kolhi, it was about the team. It’s a very important quality as a leader. A leader is only as successful as his followers allow him to be. Mental preparation is so big but good leaders tend to think about the game and they like to be in front of the game,” Taufel further said.