Viv Richards predicts Indian cricket’s ‘achche din’ under Virat Kohli’s captaincy
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Virat Kohli marshalled the India side to a 2-0 victory in the four-match Test series against West Indies in their own den. He played well and led the side form the front. Kohli has attracted enormous attention with his flawless form and belligerent captaincy. West Indies legend Viv Richards, on this occasion, heaped praise on Kohli and predicted that he can scale Indian cricket to newer heights never achieved before. Also Read: ‘Delighted’ Virat Kohli congratulates coach Raj Kumar Sharma on receiving Dronacharya Award

India failed to retain their top spot in the ICC Test rankings as the Port-of-Spain Test was washed away as a result of which they slipped to second spot below Pakistan. The team played with immense confidence and Kohli did a commendable job with his captaincy.

In an exclusive interview with The Time of India, Richards spoke about Kohli and his leadership skills. He said, They (India) have won the series handsomely and it opens the door even though you may not have played the best West Indian team. But they did what they had to do, especially Ashwin, coming at six which was new for him and doing so well. I don’t know how he is going to handle it in the future but he is on the right track with bat and ball. The Indian team has done its job here and that’s all you could have done. To me, they played very well and that should create confidence. And it’s nice to have a captain as positive as Virat. His body language says it, the way he is in the field. It should give them the confidence to compete at a much better and higher level, especially Down Under.

Speaking about Kohli s ability to lead from the front, Richards said, I like the way he (Kohli) approaches the innings. He doesn’t have any fears. One of the things I was most impressed with was in Australia when he scored those four hundreds with the abuse and a lot of things coming your way, he stood his ground. That to me was very special. I like the way he gives it back and this is what competition is all about at the end of the day, so long as no one is hurt and you feel comfortable in the fact that you had competed hard and a few words were said and it’s over. If you are in an aggressive country of fast bowlers and aggressive talk, some people hide. Virat came to the surface and performed. That to me is what champions are all about, the real deal.