'Virat needs someone who can make him better leader'
Centurion: Former South Africa coach Ray Jennings feels that India captain Virat Kohli can be "intimidating in the dressing room" and it would be great if he gets a good guide, who can maximise his potential as a leader.
Jennings has witnessed Kohli progress from his days as an Under-19 cricketer as he was associated as a coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore. "As captain, I think, he is still not at his best. The Indian cricket system has to feed off Virat Kohli. Going from MS Dhoni to Kohli has been a drastic change. Dhoni is so calm and Kohli is the complete opposite. He can be intimidating the dressing room and sometimes his teammates can wonder who Kohli really is," Jennings said during an interaction. Kohli can instill "fear" in youngsters, is Jennings' observation and that's why a calm mentor is need of the hour. "There can be a fear factor in the dressing room and you don't want that with so many youngsters coming into the side. Indian cricket, thus, has to find people who can help and influence Kohli into ways of improving and becoming an even better leader," Jennings said. But Jennings insisted that Kohli will get better with age.
"With age, Kohli will get better and calm down a lot naturally. He will not be so aggressive and in your face all the time. But in certain situations, when things are not so calm or even just to take that fear factor away from the dressing room, who will teach Kohli to become a better version of himself?
"He is smart enough and passionate enough to want to change. He wants to be the best, and he does have skills to be the best player in the world, yet he needs some assistance," he added. Kohli scored his 33rd ODI hundred in the first match at Durban and followed it up with 46 not out in the second match at Centurion.
He has scored 3 hundreds in his last 5 ODIs as well as finished the top run-getter in the three-Test series against South Africa. "At this age, he already has 33 ODI hundreds and he is in touching distance of the best-ever seen in ODI cricket (Sachin Tendulkar). He has another 10 years left in him, at least, so there's no reason why in 3-4 years he cannot get better and better."