Vivek Razdan believes India’s success in Australia wasn’t an overnight success but a result of the hard work of both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Razdan pointed out that India’s rise in Tests started under Dhoni then Kohli took it to another level. The popular Hindi commentator further lauded Dhoni and Kohli for instilling immense belief in the Indian side in the longest format.
Razdan continued and talked about how the India side today have become fearless under the leadership of Kohli. He also schooled the critics of captain Kohli who tend to find unnecessary flaws in his personality and leadership. Razdan marked Kohli has a complete package who has completely transformed the Indian side.
Vivek Razdan tags Virat Kohli as a complete package
“We always think about the destination and get happy with it. What we saw in Brisbane (versus Australia) wasn’t an overnight success. It’s a process in place for the past few years. It started under MS Dhoni, then Virat Kohli continued. Ajinkya Rahane may have led India to the win, but Kohli’s contribution was equal”, Razdan said.
“Ever since Virat Kohli took charge, we saw a different Indian team. A side that’s fearless. We tend to overanalyze Kohli and knit pick aspects of his personality that we don’t like, but here is Kohli, the complete package. He is what he is, and ever since he took charge, the team has transformed”, Vivek Razdan said to journalist Indranil Basu on SK Live.
Meanwhile, Vivek Razdan also indirectly praised batting coach Vikram Rathour who made sure the bowlers also batted a considerable amount in the nets during the Test series against Australia. He gave an example of his era and stated that Indian bowlers at the time hardly got any batting practice before any match.
“In our times, the bowlers didn’t get batting practice. During India’s tour of Pakistan in 1989, Our first Test was in Karachi. Before a practice session, I carried my entire kitbag. A senior asked me why I was carrying such a big kitbag. I replied that it has my bat, pad, guards and helmet. He told me that as a bowler, all I need are my spikes. There would be so many days that we wouldn’t practice any batting at all and still managed to get some runs in the big games. Coaches from that era were like – batsmen to bat and bowlers to bowl”, Razdan concluded.