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    Virat Kohli as dominant as Viv Richards, reminds me of Imran Khan in many ways: Ravi Shastri

    Virat Kohli as dominant as Viv Richards, reminds me of Imran Khan in many ways: Ravi Shastri

    While the Indian coach was wholesome in his praise of Kohli's batting, he admitted that there s scope for an improvement in his captaincy.

    Updated: February 5, 2019 5:58 PM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff

    Virat Kohli has been raking runs and scoring hundreds across all the formats like a man possessed over a last couple of years. Be it in India or England, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka or West Indies.

    Such has been his dominance across formats that Kohli had a clean sweep at the ICC Awards, winning the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year. ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year and was also named Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year and Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year. (ALSO READ: Virat Kohli first player to sweep all three top ICC awards)

    While the Indian coach Ravi Shastri was wholesome in his praise, he admitted that there s scope for an improvement in Kohli s captaincy. (ALSO READ: India coach Ravi Shastri lauds quintessential professional Cheteshwar Pujara)

    "As far as I am concerned, tactically, there is still room for plenty of improvement as captain. He has gotten better and better, and better, and I thought in the Australian Test series, tactically he outsmarted Australia. I still see more room across formats for him to evolve. As a captain, Virat will evolve further, Shastri told Cricbuzz. (ALSO READ: Sourav Ganguly impressed with Chahal-Kuldeep, lauds Kohli, Rohit)

    Shastri then went on to state that Kohli s dominance at the ICC Awards will be a feat which will unlikely to get replicated by anyone. The former cricketer-turned-commentator-turned-coach also said that Kohli could achieve the feat of becoming the captain of two ICC teams is because he has a good Indian team at his disposal across formats. (ALSO READ: Relentlessness of my team is something that really pleases me: Virat Kohli)

    Starting with the ICC awards (achieving all awards in the same year), I don't think anyone will ever do it again. It is something very rare because you need two things to happen to win all awards in a single year. You need to be a captain of a very good cricket team across formats, that allows you to win two awards as the best captain of the ICC Test team and the ICC ODI team. So obviously your team is one of the best in the world and it has never happened in Indian cricket before. So an Indian captain gets it, and I want to focus on those two awards more than the personal awards that he has won, said Shastri. (VIDEO: We juniors want to be as fit as our captain Virat Kohli: Kuldeep Yadav)

    You will not get a repeat of that in these two biggest formats of the game. And there is no award for ICC T20 captain. So your team has to be that good that you can win those awards. Whether we get accolades from our guys back home or international media, I give two hoots. When my captain wins those two awards, that's a tribute to the team. So the boys can be at peace. And Virat knows it, added Shastri.

    Shastri, meanwhile, did not hold back anything as he lauded Kohli s batting and ability of not allowing the pressure of captaincy to weigh down his batting unlike some of the former batsmen who captained their teams. In the same vein, Shastri compared Kohli with the West Indian great Sir Viv Richards.

    To carry that kind of pressure of captaincy and clean up all the individual ICC awards as well is phenomenal. We have had great players who struggled to handle pressure when they were captain. Then we had some captains who didn't know what number to bat at - when they are good enough to go at number three, but they chose to go at six or seven, said Shastri. (ALSO READ: You have made my day with the great news: Sir Garfield Sobers tells Virat Kohli after sweeping ICC awards)

    But here is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards. The closest I have seen to the great man. Virat is in your face, he wants to dominate and has a work ethic like no one else. Whether it comes to discipline, training, sacrifice or self-denial, it is unbelievable. I think India is lucky to have a leader of that sort. He reminds me of Imran Khan in many ways - in the way he sets the example and sets the standards, and goes about defining it in his own way and leading from the front, added Shastri.

    Virat is special, absolutely special, for someone to get runs in dominant fashion in South Africa, in Australia and in England. England was icing on the cake. Here's a guy who has got 140 runs in 10 innings (2014) and then gets 590 runs with two masters of bowling in James Anderson and Stuart Broad. You won't get better than that with the Dukes ball. And to get those runs as captain in a team that is being beaten is phenomenal, concluded Shastri.