Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid    Getty Images
Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid Getty Images

Several cricketers have lauded Virat Kohli s aggressive style of cricket. That, for that matter, has helped India rise to the No. 1 spot in Tests. Although they keep fluctuating between the first two spots in ODIs, India have won seven consecutive series. India reflects Kohli. They do not shy from having a go at the opposition.

Dating back to the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, Rahul Dravid was Kohli s captain. Dravid and Kohli have plenty of variations in their approach. Dravid need not have a tattoo or behave like Virat to win a series. His true power relied up on hard work and power of concentration. Yet, Dravid joins the list of backing Kohli s on-field aggressiveness. However, the game is still about performance and not just aggressiveness, opines Dravid.

Dravid also fears the youngsters would get inspired by the Indian captain for all the wrong reasons. Rather they should learn about his fitness and get inspired by his performance.

In a Literature Festival at Bengaluru, Dravid spoke to Wisden about Kohli, the budding cricketers and more.

On Kohli and his on-field machismo

Sometimes, especially before an Australia series, you ll find Virat saying the most outrageous things. And I read the paper and cringe at times. But then I think back, maybe he actually wants that contest. He wants that lip on the field because that gets the best out of him. Now that might not be everyone s cup of tea. But at the end of the day, he s got to do what gets the best out of him. If engaging in a contest, sometimes needling the opposition is getting the best out of Virat and it certainly is because his level of performance is second to none in the world today then so be it. You can t blame him for it.

Wrong qualities inculcated in youngsters?

What worries me a little bit is a lot of that gets translated into junior cricket. That s the scary thing for me, not so much what Virat does. Kids at 12, 13 and 14 want to become the next Virat Kohli, not realising that maybe that s not authentic to who they are.