Kirsten believes Kohli can go on to become an Indian legend
South Africa coach Gary Kirsten, who formerly coached India as well, has revealed that batsman Virat Kohli has transformed himself into a world-class player after being heavily criticised for his aggressive attitude.
Kirsten stated that Kohli was now India’s “stand out player” and the “x-factor” in the team since they usually tend to win when he performs well with the bat.
“I am very pleased for Virat. He has worked a lot on his game and is a stand-out batsman in world cricket today. He is one of those cricketers with x-factor who doesn’t get himself out. You have to get him out as he doesn’t give away his wicket,” Kirsten said.
Kirsten also noted that he was disappointed with South Africa’s performance throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
“We had a chance of winning both games and we let it slip. When we left the South African shores for the World T20, everyone said it is a balanced side. The main thing is that we haven’t played well during key moments. We had Pakistan seven down for 60-odd and we should have won that match,” Kirsten added.
Kirsten further mentioned that South Africa should not be blaming the conditions for their loss since all the teams had to deal with them as well.
“The teams from sub-continent do well in these conditions that they have grown up since childhood just like we do well in South Africa. Over the years, we have travelled enough in these conditions to know what is expected but we need to execute that properly. It’s not like that you come for an odd-tour and try to adapt. Look at Shane Watson. He has played so much in these conditions that he is playing beautifully,” Kirsten said.
Kirsten went on to explain that Twenty20 cricket provides the sport with the balance that it needs, and it would be around for a long time to come.
“It’s a great format which requires a different skill set altogether. Test cricket is more like a battle of attrition where strategy doesn’t have a major role but in T20 strategy plays an important part,” Kirsten added.