Virat Kohli is a headache for modern day coaches: Ian Chappell
He also called Virat a role model for young players.
Updated - Nov 10, 2019 3:01 pm
For quite some time now, comparisons surrounding whom among Virat Kohli and Steve Smith is the best batter in the world. Both batters have been heavy scorers for the Indian and Australian national team respectively. The duo is only in their early 30s and has been speculated to take down a plethora of records. Smith has a Test average of around 64, second only to Sir Donald Bradman.
Virat on the other hand, has over 20,000 runs at the highest level with as many as 69 centuries to his name. The 31-year-old Virat is also nearing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of most ODI tons (51). The Delhi-born has tasted success to such an extent that Ian Chappell, the former Australian cricketer, reckons that youngsters can look up to Virat in order to build their game.
The veteran Chappell also called Virat as a headache for modern-day coaches, who can deem Kohli’s methods as something ‘old-school’. As per Chappell, the technique that works for a batter shouldn’t be tampered with, calling batting an individual exercise.
Batting is very much an individual exercise: Chappell
“Kohli is a great role model for young players searching for a way to build their game for international success. He’s also a headache for coaches who theorise on modern methods and disparage traditional approaches as being “old time cricket,” Chappell wrote in his exclusive column for the Hindustan Times.
“Smith and Kohli are adequate proof that batting is very much an individual exercise and whatever works for you is the correct method.”
Talking about Smith, he said that the stalwart has devised a method that works wonders for him. Moreover, Chappell stated that he has shown a great temperament of sticking to his technique and not let anyone alter his technique.
“And therein lies the success to Smith’s batting; he’s fashioned a method that works for him and he’s been mentally strong enough to resist all attempts to alter his style. For all his eccentric movements and mannerisms, when Smith actually plays the ball he’s in good position to execute his choice of shot,” the Aussie great added.
Smith is currently ICC’s number-one ranked Test batsman after an impressive campaign in the Ashes. Virat Kohli is not far behind though.