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Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards has announced that he is a big fan of India captain Virat Kohli’s aggressive attitude.
Kohli was made full-time Test captain just a few days ago when his predecessor, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, shocked the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from the longest format of the game.
“I love that man,” Richards was quoted as saying by Melbourne-based radio station 3AW. “People have got to understand that this game has changed quite a bit. Regardless of how good you are, you’re going to have guys coming at you. You’re going to have stuff being said.
“But as long as it’s said in the best of manners, I don’t think it’s going to be too disruptive to that particular individual. When you have that sort of stuff, to me it always brings the best out of any individual. If you are up with your game and ahead of your game, for some reason you can respond.”
Due to his heated disputes with Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin throughout the series, Richards described Kohli as a “little bull-terrier”.
“Some of the past Indian teams would’ve crumbled with some of the stuff that’s been said,” Richards said. “But Virat Kohli is one of those modern-day players who’s a little bull-terrier in his own right.
“If you look at the scores he’s amassed, it shows you he enjoys the contest. To come out smelling sweet at the end of it, it’s a good feeling.”