Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is confident that Kohli and his team will bounce back stronger than ever in the second Test match against Australia at Bengaluru on Saturday.
During in an exclusive interview with CricketNext, the coach said, “I haven’t spoken to him about the performance in the Pune Test. You have to realize that ups and downs are a part and parcel of competitive sport and this was a one-off failure and I don’t think there is any reason to fret about it. He is a fighter and he loves challenges. The next Test is definitely important and I am confident that not just him, but the whole team will come back stronger in Bengaluru.”
Rajkumar Sharma is highly delighted with Kohli’s achievement as he became the first Indian cricketer to win the Polly Umrigar Award, which is given to India’s best international cricketer, for the third time.
The coach also said that when Kohli the 10-year-old and came to him at the West Delhi Cricket Academy, it was then that Rajkumar had recognized his talent and confidence.
Sharma added, “Kohli oozed confidence and talent even as a 10-year old. You could see the spark in the young kid. But yes, it is definitely his hard work and dedication that has brought him to the level that he has reached today. As a coach, I feel very proud when I see him scale greater heights with each passing day.”
He concluded, “It is a huge feat and I am mighty pleased. He is the first cricketer to win the award for the third time and it goes on to show the consistency with which he had performed over the years. I wish him all the best and want him to keep improving.”