Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best batsmen in the world but former England captain Nasser Hussain called him a ‘tinker man’, cited that at times he tinkers a little bit too much with his captaincy. While speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Hussain said how Kohli has emerged as a captain over the years.
“First thing I would say is he’s his own man. It’s very easy coming after MS Dhoni and think, well, I’ve got to be like MS Dhoni, I’ve got to be this calm, calculated finisher, cool, ice man. Virat Kohli could never be the cool ice man. Virat Kohli wears his heart on his sleeve,” Hussain said.
“If you watch Virat Kohli play football in the morning, I worry about some of his own players because he’s so keen to win, he could do a double-footed tackle at waist height to be honest because he just wants to win and that’s why in a run chase in white-ball cricket, if you ask me to name one person I want in a run chase in white-ball cricket, it would be Kohli because he sees that winning target and that’s all he’s interested in,” he added.
The former player further shared, “So, he’s his own man, he’s got better at certain things or still certain areas I’d like to see Kohli improve on. I call him the tinker man. Every over, you have to change the field, he’s running up changing things, he tinkers a little bit too much.”
Nasser Husain also opened up about India’s ‘selection plan’ in the ICC Cricket World Cup last year in 2019, saying that India got it wrong by not researching properly about No. 4 batsman. India lost in the semifinal stage to New Zealand in England as well.
“Selection – I know people say what’s that got to do with Kohli, but you got to have a selection plan. I think India did a lot of things well, I’m not sure selection is one of them. Coming to a World Cup, not knowing who your No. 4 is when you got so many great batsmen in India, their selection issues that need to be sorted out, but the whole point of captaincy is to win games of cricket. And if you look at Kohli’s record as a captain, it is right up there with the best there’s ever been,” he concluded.