New Delhi: Team India skipper Virat Kohli is widely renowned for his enthusiastic approach to the game and also for his on-field antics at times. While this has attracted loads of criticism towards Kohli over time, former England cricketer Micahel Vaughan thinks that this type of ‘character’ is very much needed in the sport.
On day 5 of the recently concluded 4th Test match between India and England at the Oval, the Indian skipper was seen cuffing his ears and playing the trumpet with his hands to rill up the Barmy Army.
Vaughan, while speaking on Fox Sports’ The Back Page, stated that cricket does not have enough character who would get the crowd going or antagonise the opposition fans like the Indian skipper does.
“Virat Kohli is an incredible leader. He’s just got this buzz of energy. He was taking the piss out of the Barmy Army with these trumpet signs. I love it. We don’t have enough characters in the game and mimicking the crowd, trying to get his own supporters going. When they came out after lunch he was getting them going. It was like he was at the end of the long jump in the Olympics trying to get the crowd going,” he said.
“He’s an amazing character and yesterday he gave a tactical masterclass on how to win a Test match. Those that complain are just boring. They don’t understand entertainment. We’re in the entertainment industry where we need people like Virat Kohli. We need characters,” he added.
The former England cricketer also lauded Kohli for being a Test cricket-loving individual and leading his side to new heights in the format.
“What he’s doing with this Indian Test match team is fantastic for the game because we need India to love Test match cricket, and with Virat at the helm leading this side, they’re certainly doing that and they’re playing to a great standard and they’re doing a job on my team,” he added.
(With ANI Inputs)