ICC World Cup 2019: Rahul Dravid reveals Virat Kohli’s success mantra, lauds big-match player MS Dhoni
Legendary India cricketer Rahul Dravid feels that current skipper Virat Kohli’s ability to constantly improve and reinvent his game over the years is something that sets him apart from the rest.
After a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign that saw his team Royal Challengers Bangalore crash out of the league stage itself, Kohli’s focus has now shifted to the forthcoming ICC World Cup.
Dravid opined that Kohli’s ability to learn from every tour has helped him become a better player. ‘The Wall’ also lauded Kohli for threatening Sachin Tendulkar’s century record which at point seemed untouchable.
“Virat, you know he just keeps improving, keeps getting better. He is setting bars and standards that possibly we thought would never be achieved. Sachin (Tendulkar) scored 49-50 hundreds in one-day cricket. People thought that this would take a lot of time to achieve. Will it be ever achieved and now Virat is 10 away from it or close to it,” Dravid told Star Sports at the Star Re.Imagine Awards.
“One of the things about Virat is that even if he has a bad tour, it is not that he hasn’t had bad tours, he had disappointing tour of England in 2014, he wasn’t as successful in Australia first time around, but every time he goes back again he goes back as a better player. He sort of reinvents his game to a point where he is constantly improving,” he added.
Dravid also had words of praise for two-time World Cup winning veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni and hailed him as a big-match player.
“The beauty about MS is that he plays these big tournaments and these big matches and that’s why he finds himself in so many of these big games, he plays them, and they mean a lot, I tell a lot of under-19 boys, he is able to find a way to play it like it doesn’t mean a lot, obviously it means a lot.
“He is able to see a bigger picture in it and say – I’m not defined by this particular game. It is a hard thing to do,” Dravid said.
The ICC World Cup 2019 in scheduled to take place between May 30 to July 14 with India playing their first match against South Afirca in June 5.
((With agency inputs))