Aggressive? Love it, says Kumble of India's Kohli

2016-07-04 22:21
virat kohli
Virat Kohli (Getty Images)

Bangalore - India's new coach Anil Kumble on Monday said he loved Virat Kohli's aggression, backing his captain to play his natural brand of cricket which has come in for criticism in the past.

Kumble was speaking ahead of India's four-Test tour of West Indies, his first assignment with the national team since his appointment last month.

"I love his aggression. I was no different. I was also aggressive (though) very different in terms of the way we probably come across on the field," he said at a news conference in Bangalore on the eve of departure.

"I'd be the last person to curb someone's natural aggression. But of course we all know how important it is to be the ambassador of India and to be a part of the Indian cricket team," said the former spinner, who was India's most successful bowler in Test and ODI cricket.

Kohli, 27, who took over as Test captain from Mahendra Singh Dhoni against Australia last year, was at the forefront of on-field confrontations during that series, prompting tough scrutiny of his leadership style.

While some critics tagged him as firebrand and a spoilt brat, Kohli has been credited with instilling a more positive mindset among the team, currently ranked second behind Australia in the Test rankings.

Kumble however cautioned his players from crossing the "thin line" and reminded them of their status as role models to adoring fans back home.

"Of course we all know how important it is to the ambassadors of India and to be a part of the Indian cricket team," he said.

"That everybody in the team understands and we will ensure that," he said.

After their arrival in the Caribbean on Wednesday, India will play two warm-up matches and four Tests during their seven-week tour.

Read more on:    india  |  virat kohli  |  anil kumble  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.