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'Virat's self belief in his ability separates him from the rest'

June 02, 2016 10:15 IST

IMAGE: India's Test captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: PTI.

Virat Kohli's transformation and the ongoing phenomenal phase owes a lot to the player's self-belief and his hunger for runs.

"What separates him from the rest is the self belief in his ability. He backs his ability and the way he adapts to different conditions against different opposition is very good and it is a very important reason why he is successful," opined Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma.

"And he is always hungry for runs." Sharma also feels Kohli is ready to captain in all three formats but he should wait as long as MS Dhoni is around.

"He has shown his leadership quality but I would say Dhoni is a tremendous captain. So let him continue till the time he wants to continue and Virat will take over when the times comes," the coach added. 

IMAGE: Virat Kohli finished as the top scorer in the recent IPL. Photograph: PTI.

There has been no looking back for India's Test captain ever since the forgettable tour of England in 2014 when he failed to make a single half century in five Tests. He soon worked on the flaws in his game and went to hammer four hundreds in the subsequent four-Test series in Australia.

What is Kohli doing differently compared to the time he struggled in England couple of years ago? 

"England tour was a bad patch and every player goes through that phase. After that, he worked very hard on his game and the result of that you saw in Australia, the World T20 and now the IPL. 

"England tour was a rough phase as I said. But it is not a Test for the future as I am very sure he would dominate the next time he is there," reckoned Sharma.