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With controlled aggression, Virat Kohli is doing a fantastic job as Indian skipper: Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi said Virat Kohli’s style of leadership -- which involves aggression as well as strong support for the youngsters -- will take the Indian cricket team to the next level.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2018 13:21 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, St Moritz (Switzerland)
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Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi feels very captain has his own style and illustrated his point by comparing MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, two of the most successful Indian cricket team skippers, and how they differ in nature -- Dhoni bringing in a cool and calm leadership style while Kohli used controlled aggression and emotions.(Getty Images)

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi says controlled aggression is always good for any team, while talking about the criticism the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team faced following the Test series in South Africa.

India, who looked favourites going into the three-match Test series, lost 1-2, and were criticised for their aggression as well as controversial selection calls.

“The way Virat Kohli is taking Indian team ahead, he is doing a fantastic job,” Afridi said at the sidelines of the inaugural match of the St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament 2018 in Switzerland on Thursday.

Afridi added there is no harm in adopting the policy of controlled aggression.

“Controlled aggression is always good. One should be aggressive, Virat has it in him. If you look at (MS) Dhoni then he is very cool-minded and relaxed. Everyone has their own nature. Virat has his own style to lead his team and controlled aggression is acceptable,” he added. “If you take everyone ahead together, if the captain supports the young players or those in troubled times, he also earns respect.”

when asked about his future in cricket, Afridi said he only wants to concentrate playing in T20 tournaments around the world.

“For me, I want to concentrate only on the leagues (T20 tournaments), wherever they are. Be it England, Australia or Bangladesh. But I also have a bigger cause, working with my foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation). This is what I am working on,” said Afridi.

On the topic of tensions between India and Pakistan, Afridi said it is important for the two countries to be on the same page.

“We (sportspersons) are ambassadors from our respective countries. We should look to do positive things. Siyaasatdano ko apni siyaasat karni chahiye (Politicians should do what they are supposed to), but I think we (sportspersons) can play a bigger role for both the countries. I have always maintained that the better the relations are between India and Pakistan, ham bohot saare dushmano ke mooh par thappad marenge (we will deliver a blow to those who are against us),” he said.

“Pakistan and India should always have good relations. Ye jo saat samundar paar rehte hai log, jo hame aapas me ladwane ki koshish karte hai wo is cheez ka faayda uthaate hai (People who live seven seas beyond, who try to start a fight between us, they take the benefit of this (sore relations between two countries),” Afridi added.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 09:53 IST