Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has opened up on his views on the exciting Captain-Coach pairing in which ice-cold Rahul Dravid combines with the fiery and aggressive Virat Kohli as they are ready to face the huge challenge of ending the wait to win a test series in South Africa.
Speaking to the Youtube channel Khelneeti, Rajkumar Sharma said that India had a defensive approach in overseas series during Rahul Dravid’s playing days as they were more focused on not losing the series compared to Virat’s India which focuses on winning rather than not losing as Rajkumar Sharma pointed out that Virat uses 5 bowlers while batters take extra responsibility.
“Indian team had a defensive mindset during Rahul Dravid’s playing days. They wanted to ensure they didn’t lose the series when they toured abroad. Virat Kohli’s approach is to win and hence he plays with 5 bowlers,” Sharma said.
Rajkumar Sharma also added that the captain is at the helm while Dravid would know that his job is to strategize and groom the youngsters.
“Rahul Dravid has seen the Greg Chappell incident. Hence, he knows what the role of a coach is. His job is to make strategies and groom the youngsters. Ultimately it is the captain who has to lead the team,” Sharma stated.
Rajkumar Sharma might have a point since Virat lead India to the unprecedented Test series win on Australian soil in 2019 and are on the cusp of winning the first series in England after 14 years. The magnificent series win in England in 2007 was in fact when Rahul Dravid was leading the Indian Team.
Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid have the mighty Protea test ahead starting on 26th December on Boxing day at Supersport Park in Centurion.