Post the 2019 World Cup, Team India is now thinking about building the side for the next mega event. With the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma around, the youngsters coming into the team will get a lot to learn. The players like Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant are growing fast and are the future of the Indian cricket and when asked about how he prevents them from losing the track, Kohli revealed the way he makes them feel comfortable before having a conversation.
As a youngster, if you are a very good player, there will be a lot of distractions and Kohli himself admits that he made many mistakes while growing up. The Indian captain also went on to say that the dressing room atmosphere is so friendly these days that the youngsters joining the team don’t feel intimidated at all.
“Daantne wala mahaul ab toh change room mein hai hi nahin(the culture of scolding people isn’t there in the change room now.) As friendly as I am with Kuldeep (Yadav), I am the same with MS (Dhoni). The atmosphere is such that anyone can say anything to anyone. I am like walking up to people and telling them, ‘dekh maine yeh galtiya kari hain, tu mat kar(listen, I have committed these mistakes, make sure you don’t do them)’,” Kohli said while speaking to the Times of India.
I believe in empowering people
Virat Kohli also spilt the beans on what he says to the players who are struggling to come to the terms with the conditions or their technique or even when they are losing the track. The 30-year-old believes in giving them some space early and only talks to them when they are confused about what to do and what not to.
“Your career improves by two-three years. I believe in empowering people. I believe in giving them space to express themselves and when they come to a stage when they feel jumbled, then I’ll have a conversation. I’ll talk to them like, ‘This is where you are heading and this is where you have to head.
“These are the kind of things you should be doing. You’ll regret not correcting those things early like I did. I don’t want you to waste two-three years of your career. You have to play more than what you have played,” the Indian skipper further said.
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