Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri    AFP
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri AFP

Virat Kohli had a splendid 2017 across formats before heading for a mini-break. He went past Ricky Ponting for most ODI centuries (32) and is just behind Sachin Tendulkar (49) in the chart. In the longest format, he holds most number of double-centuries (6) as captain going past Brian Lara s 5. Kohli ended the year at 2,818 runs that included 11 centuries across formats and has lead India to series win against Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Kohli had earlier mentioned his fitness and his work ethics have played a crucial role in his success. This very fact was hailed by Indian coach Ravi Shastri. The coach also believes this quality of Kohli is spreading across the youngsters in the team as well, in an interview with India Today.

The great thing about Virat is his work ethic

The great thing about Virat is his work ethic, his realisation of what kind of player he can become and what it takes to become that player. So the emphasis on fitness, the sacrifices that he has to put through.

Others want to emulate Virat

A lot of things he wants to do as a 29-year-old. And it has become part of his lifestyle. What happens is, that when you have a captain in that frame of mind, wanting to achieve things others can only dream of. Then it rubs off on other players. Others want to emulate him. He wants to raise the bar for himself and he doesn t want any room for excuses.