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‘Aggressive’ Virat Kohli should harness his passion, emotion: Geoffrey Boycott

England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has come up with a handful of advice for India’s new full-time Test Captain Virat Kohli saying the aggressive batsman has to find his own way to get his players’ support and try to harness his passion and emotion.

“Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get the players behind him. His runs will help definitely. But runs alone won’t be enough. He follows a fantastic personality in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a truly great leader of men,” said Boycott.

“So Kohli will be compared to Dhoni, and Kohli has to in my opinion, an advice for him, in each passion and emotion he has, but he has to try not to let that passion and emotion boil over. He has got to harness it. He has got a racing heart. Very important to harness it and I wish him well,” he said.

The batting legend who played 108 Tests and 36 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for England also praised Team India’s director Ravi Shastri saying that the former India cricketer has a lot to offer.

He also said he is happy India doesn’t have a coach but a manager or director as the use of a coach is over emphasised, and manager is a better word.

“I am glad Ravi is there and they do not have a coach. Because personally I like Ravi Shastri a lot as he has lot to offer. Personally the use of a coach is over emphasised, manager is a better word. At the top, people shouldn’t be coaching,” the 74-year-old said.

“If anything they need for managing and organising, for me the captain leads the team, sets the tone on the field.”

Boycott also stressed on his scepticism towards coaches, adding that a captain has to think on his own feet on the field, on playing over long period and a coach or manager can’t really help him.

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