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India vs Australia: EXCLUSIVE | Virat Kohli Still Learning as a Captain, Feels Anil Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 21, 2018, 5:07 PM IST

Gaurav Kalra: Among the high points of India in this whole season of Test match cricket overseas, starting with January has been Virat Kohli's batting. If there's been one criticism about him then it's been about his game awareness as captain. There have been instances, for instance when Sam Curran got in and whether he's put the right bowlers to attack him. Things of that nature have been pointed out by several observers. Having seen him operate closely as a coach also and now just sitting outside, do you believe that he's still not a finished product as a captain? How important will that be?

Anil Kumble: I don't think any captain or any player is a finished product. I mean you're constantly learning and I'm sure Virat is also constantly learning from all the experiences that he's had in South Africa and also in England. You spoke about the key moments, that's something he'll have to grab on the field. He needs to identify that and possibly India got a bit complacent when they picked up to 5-6 early wickets in England and then let things drift. That's something that I'm sure he would've learnt from his experience in England. Going by that, Australia have some decent batting lower down, Cummins has hurt India a couple of times, Starc has hurt India. So, India is aware of the capabilities of the lower order of Australia. That's something that they wouldn't want to take for granted. As a captain you're constantly learning, the conditions are going to be different. I guess the bowling will have to be different from the way you bowl, specially with the Kookaburra ball. Between the 20th and the 60th over is where the challenge is for the Indian cricket team.

First Published: December 2, 2018, 10:36 AM IST

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