Kumble said that the transformation of Kohli in the 19-year-old to the present time was brilliant.
Kumble also lauded “perfect ambassador for the sport” Dhoni.
Kumble reported the most difficult job as there was a trainer supposed to inform a player that ‘you aren’t in the squad or you aren’t enjoying’.
India trainer Anil Kumble has paid rich tributes to current skipper Virat Kohli and World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni due to their brilliance and leadership attributes respectively. ()
“Virat Kohli, genius. I believe one word is quite difficult (to describe him). I have seen him develop from a 19-year-old, that walked right into Royal Challengers (Bangalore) first moment after he won the (U-19) World Cup as a captain, to the transformation which you see now, it’s been brilliant. To see someone that enthusiastic, that kind of dedication and motivation he has,” Kumble said, beating the yearly NILF in suburban Vakola. ()
“And additionally with MS (Dhoni), arriving from Ranchi, nobody expected that someone from Ranchi would be leading the country. And the way he has headed the (team), 10 years as a priest, it’s extremely tricky. But to become captain for 10 years is something he conducted himself. He was perfect ambassador for the sport,” said Kumble. ()
“And I don’t believe anything ruffled him. You could not actually figure out exactly what he was believing when one chunk six runs to go or when the opposition needed two runs to win and you have an over to go. You didn’t understand what he thought, he’d always go along with his gut. It was wonderful to win two World Cups, Champions Trophy and No. 1 in Test, you can not ask for much more,” the former Karnataka player added.
Kumble also stated the most difficult job as there was a trainer supposed to inform a player that ‘you aren’t in the squad or you aren’t enjoying’.
“But you have to consider those tough decisions,” he quipped.
During the interaction, the former leggie narrated anecdotes when he bowled with a broken jaw.