Captain Virat Kohli has been the driving force behind India’s success over the last number of years and he is the boss when it comes to matters related to Indian cricket, said head coach Ravi Shastri.
It was a decade to remember for the Indian skipper as he dominated the show on the global stage and led from the front. Under Kohli’s leadership, India have been the top ranked Test team and are just below England in the ODI ranking.
Talking on the Sky Cricket Podcast, Ravi Shastri, said the Virat kohli has on every occasion led from the front and set the tone for his teammates.
"The captain is the boss, I always believe that. The job of the coaching staff, as far as I'm concerned, is to prepare the guys in the best possible way to be able to go out there and play brave, positive, fearless cricket.
"The captain leads from the front. Yes, we are there to take off the burden but you leave him to do his job in the middle. The captain sets the tone and is encouraged to set the tone. In the middle, he controls the show," Ravi Shastri said.
The 31-year-old’s physical transformation in the recent past has been overwhelmingly impressive, as a matter of fact, a lot of his teammates in the Indian team even got inspired by his fitness regime and as a result started training with discipline.
"When you talk about fitness, the leadership came from the top and that is Virat. He is not a guy to mess around.
"He woke up one morning and said if 'I want to play this game I want to be the fittest player in the world and compete against the best in all conditions' and he let his body go through one hell of a lot.
"It was not just the training but the sacrifices he made with his diet. I could see that change happening all the time. He got up one day and said 'Ravi, I'm vegetarian!'
"When he sets those standards, it rubs off on others. Test cricket for us is the biggest form. It's the benchmark. We want to set standards."