Kohli's leadership style compared to that of Imran Khan

2020-04-22 12:27
Virat Kohli
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Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja believes Virat Kohli's leadership skills are akin to that of legendary Pakistani skipper Imran Khan.

Often regarded as underachievers, Pakistan triumphed at the 1992 World Cup under the leadership of Khan, who played key roles with bat and ball apart from leading the team on the field.

"Yes, the leadership made a difference in 1992. The quality that I saw in Imran then, I am now seeing it in the way [Virat] Kohli is leading this Indian team with injecting a will to win," Raja, a key member of the '92 team himself, told Indian news channel Runyudh.

"Our team was not very great in that sense, but leadership makes the difference - especially in white-ball cricket.

"A good, engaging environment is essential for Pakistan team - which has never lacked in talent - but the role of captains are very important."

After Kohli took over from long-standing captain MS Dhoni, Raja believes they have become a team "for all seasons", while crediting the emergence of their pace attack as the other reason for their success.

"They always had a good batting line-up, though the middle order now shows some uncertainty if Kohli gets dismissed early," he continued.

"However, unlike in the past where they were reliant on spin, they now have a big arsenal of fast bowlers."

- TEAMtalk media

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