“Ajinkya Rahane is the most improved Indian cricketer”, says Virat Kohli

They both are of same age and have evolved as India’s top batsmen. In times to come their form with the bat will determine Indian cricket’s success. Virat Kohli is the Indian Test skipper and Ajinkya Rahane recently led the ODI side in the tour of Zimbabwe. Kohli, who is the co-owner of the ITPL team UAE Royals, spoke to Mid-Day in Dubai where he was there to watch Swiss legend Roger Federer, who plays for the Royals competing against Singapore Slammers’ Andy Murray. Also Read: Virat Kohli helped improve Team India’s fielding skills, says fielding coach R Sridha

Speaking of his teammate Rahane, Kohli said, “He is a wonderful player. In the last two years, he has been the most improved player in our side. Composure-wise, mental strength and technique he is the perfect combination. In the limited overs format, he has improved vastly. I am sure he will be a consistent performer in all three formats.” Also Read: When Virat Kohli almost ate fried cockroaches

He also spoke about his own batting and revealed that he has “evolved mentally” as a batsman. “After having a lean phase in England (2014) I learnt a lot about my batting on how to stay focused at that level and how to deal with different phases in my particular game. Mentally, I have evolved as a batsman and technically I have had to make a few changes as bowlers around the world are trying to get you out in different ways,” he added. Also Read: Ajinkya Rahane speaks about his mentality and psychological factor while batting

Kohli is currently India’s Test skipper and with results having dried out in limited-overs cricket under MS Dhoni, there are calls of appointing Kohli as the limited-overs captain as well. When asked if he wanted to be the ODI captain, Kohli replied,  “I never thought I would be Test captain. It’s an opportunity that has come my way and I am looking to fulfil the responsibility to the best of my ability. I have never wanted one particular thing in my career. Whatever comes my way, I react to that.”