London : England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has come up with a handful of advice for India’s new full-time Test captain Virat Kohli saying the aggressive batsman has to find his own way to get his players’ support and try to harness his passion and emotion.
“Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get the players behind him. His runs will help definitely. But runs alone won’t be enough. He follows a fantastic personality in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a truly great leader of men,” Boycott was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Thursday.
“So, Kohli will be compared to Dhoni, and Kohli has to in my opinion, an advice for him, in each passion and emotion he has, but he has to try not to let that passion and emotion boil over. He has got to harness it. He has got a racing heart. Very important to harness it and I wish him well.”
Boycott also stressed on his scepticism towards coaches, adding that a captain has to think on his own feet on the field.
“The captain has to think on his own feet on the field, on play over long period and really coach, manager can’t really help him. The manager or coach can give couple of ideas to him during lunch, team, after play, but the captain has to influence play and no one else. That’s why I say I am not so big believer in coaches,” he said.
“Don’t misunderstand me, some coaches are good but some of them act like a manager. The used term is coach, but really they are managing and that’s the right way to go.
“Brendon McCullum, Michael Clarke are excellent captains. Arjuna Ranatunga, Michael Vaughan, Mark Taylor, Clive Lloyd, Ian Chappell are great captains,” he added. —IANS