Virat Kohli is the perfect guy to lead the Indian team in Test cricket and his potential to match his aggression with his performance is vital from the team’s point of view, feels the Australian legendary pacer Glenn McGrath. McGrath said that Kohli possesses the apt talent to back up his aggression on-field with runs and there is no need to be concerned of the aggression as long as the flow of runs from his bat is satisfactory and he does not go overboard with it.
In an interview with IANS, McGrath quoted, “I think it’s a positive. Because you want a leader who is strong, who wouldn’t take a backward step, who would lead by example. But you don’t want to go too far or go overboard crossing the line. I think Virat Kohli has held himself in good control at the moment. I like the way he has gone about it. He can back it up with runs with the bat. He is a class batsman as well. Being aggressive is one thing and can’t backup is another, but Virat can back it up. I think India is in good hands moving forward with him as a leader.”
McGrath also feels that the current lot of Indian pacers is quite impressive with Mohammad Shami swinging the ball perfectly while Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron hitting the deck hard to bowl fast. Iswar Pandey is another player, McGrath feels who deserves to be in the Indian team soon, looking at the way he is currently bowling. In his interview, McGrath also laid emphasis on the need to have a native coach, rather than an overseas one, by citing the example of Darren Lehmann. He also chirped about his on-field rivalry with Sachin Tendulkar.