Nine years into his international career and Virat Kohli has become one of the most sought after cricketers, is a role model for youngsters and the whole nation prays for him to score big whenever he comes out to bat. It seems he has taken due note of this adulation and lived up to the expectations so far by scoring loads of runs. As Test captain, he has overseen series wins for India over England, South Africa, West Indies ,New Zealand and recently a whitewash of Srilanka, a feat achieved in 85 years.
Kohli scored only 10, 12 and 19 runs in his debut domestic, ODI and Test matches, respectively. However, today the scenario has changed drastically and he is hailed as one of the greatest batsman in the world. Once known as a brash and hot-headed cricketer, his image, especially since he took over the Test captaincy, has changed to a responsible young leader who plays hard, still gives it back to opposition whenever provoked but respects the opposition immensely. But how did this transformation come about?
If we focus on Virat, the cricketer and the man, we will find some extraordinary traits—his leadership skills, the ability to keep his cool under pressure, a fearless attitude and a desire to win every game—that have shaped him as he is today. Off the field too, his maturity in handling the media and business acumen testify to his excellent leadership and man-management skills.
Winning Like Virat think & succeed like Kohli
Pages : 128
Virat has once remarked: “Cricket is the most important thing to me. So the rest of it pales in comparison.” It is this firm belief that drives him to success and keeps feeding the hunger to succeed even more and push his players. If we believe something is important to us, we always make additional effort to work on it. In case of Virat, cricket is the centre of his existence, and he understands he has a role to execute and deliver on the field. Virat also analyses the strategy of his opponents on the field and then makes the next move. Whether it is winning the Under- 19 World Cup as a captain or ensuring India retains the number one Test position in 2017, Virat has been at the forefront of every activity. He understands his role and the difference that he needs to make to bring a smile to over a billion fans. His aggression on the field and the show of emotions stand testimony to the fact.
There is little doubt that Virat’s success is not a matter of luck alone but of relentless hard work and a dedicated goal to succeed.The book Winning like Virat: Think and succeed like Kohli attempts to understand the secrets of his phenomenal success and tells the reader how best to emulate these in life.
By Nilabh Krishna