Even though the result in the WTC final may not have gone in India’s favor, but that does not take anything away from Virat Kohli, who hasn’t just been an exceptional batsman, but a great leader for the team as well. Only in a few years, he has become India’s most successful Test captain surpassing the likes of Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.
KL Rahul Praises Virat
India batsman KL Rahul said that captain Virat Kohli is someone who “operates at 200”. Rahul said that Kohli lifts his teammates and gets them to work at a higher level.
“Playing with and under Virat Kohli, he is a different sort of captain. He is a very passionate individual. He operates at 200. 100 is the best you possibly can be at, but he operates at 200. He has the unbelievable ability to carry the other 10 guys and pull them from 100 to 200,” Rahul said.
However, the one think lacking in Kohli’s captaincy is an ICC trophy. Thrice India have come close to lifting it under Kohli, but stumbled at the last hurdle such as in the Champions Trophy 2017, 2019 World Cup and the recently-concluded World Test Championship final.
KL Rahul Dhoni’s Captaincy
MS Dhoni was the most successful Indian captain of all time in terms of a number of silverware but what defines his legacy was the respect he had of his teammates and Rahul believes any of his teammates would not hesitate once and “take a bullet for him”.
“The minute anybody says captain, the first name that comes to mind from our era will be MS Dhoni. We have all played under him. Yes, he has won a lot of tournaments, done amazing things for the country but I think the biggest achievement that as captain you can have is the respect of your teammates and any of us would take a bullet for him without a second thought,” KL Rahul said in an interaction with Forbes India.
“Something I have learned from him is how humble he has been through ups and downs, how he has put his country ahead of everything is just unbelievable,” he added.