Former Team India coach outlines how Virat Kohli influences Test cricket

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Former Team India coach, as well as former Australia player Greg Chappell, praised India captain Virat Kohli citing that he champions Test cricket. “I think he’s certainly one of the best players and one of the most influential players in world cricket at the moment,” Chappell told ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

“He has strong views, he’s quite happy to speak those views, he’s quite happy to put himself out there and back himself to back up his words. He loves Test cricket and while he’s playing India will treat Test cricket with respect because he has a big say in Indian cricket. That’s a good thing,” he again shared.

“If you have a captain of India who is not interested in Test cricket that will impact the scene. Virat loves Test cricket, he champions Test cricket, and while that’s happening India will play Test cricket,” he further added.

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On the other hand, former Australia captain Mark Taylor has also said Kohli is “a very powerful guy” in world cricket.

“I think he is a very powerful guy in world cricket, but I think he does a very good job to walk that fine line in being an aggressive cricketer and also a statesman. I think he”s doing it very well,” Taylor said.

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“I think he treats that responsibility with great respect. He’s still very much his own person when you watch him play. I’ve always found him in the times I’ve spoken to him to be very respectful to the game and those playing it and those who have played it,” he expressed.

Notably, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start with a day-night match at the Adelaide Oval on December 17 which will be followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15). However, the tour will start with the three ODIs starting on November 27 and as many T20Is.

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