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Mike Brearley in awe of how Virat Kohli, Steve Smith deal with captaincy pressure

Mike Brearly, former England cricket team skipper, admires both Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and Australian cricket team skipper Steve Smith, but refused to pick a favourite between the two.

cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2018 18:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Former England cricket team skipper Mike Brearly admires how Steve Smith (L) and Virat Kohli deal with the pressures of captaincy whilst not letting it hamper their form. (Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Mike Brearley, the former England cricket team captain who is widely regarded as one of the finest brains in cricket, hailed Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli for his leadership quality and aggressive style of play.

“I admire Kohli. He is very aggressive,” he said.

Known for his sharp tactical moves during his playing days, Brearley also praised Australian skipper Steven Smith, but refused to choose his favourite between the two.

“The pressure (of captaincy) hasn’t hampered their form. They both are wonderful batsmen and I admire them both very much. I wouldn’t jump into the discussion on who’s better than the other,” Brearley was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of a literary festival in Chennai.

Brearley, who happens to be one of the only three English captains to have won Ashes both home and away, also spoke on the quality of a successful leader. “Democratic or authoritative or task-oriented captain…You certainly have to be task-oriented. You have to respond to the situation.

You don’t know where the excellent piece of idea would come from. You have to be open to people’s opinion and you have to encourage them. At the same time, you have to be firm and clear,” he said.

When asked to comment on Kohli’s decision to pick Rohit Sharma in place of Ajinkya Rahane in the ongoing series against South Africa, the ace tactician said it must have been done based on some logic.

“Different team needs to be picked for different challenges. I sympathise with the selectors. I don’t know the details of it (the reason behind India’s current playing XI), but at the end you have to pick your best XI for the match,” he said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 18:11 IST