Star Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake admires India captain Virat Kohli for not providing excuses when his crew doesn’t carry out effectively and taking the blame on himself.
India suffered a 227-run defeat after England set them a goal of world file 420 within the opening Test in Chennai on Tuesday. After the match, skipper Kohli admitted that his aspect put up an underwhelming efficiency.
“What I really love about Team India is that Virat Kohli doesn’t find any excuses. That’s what I really love about his captaincy, he took the blame for everything,” Blake stated in a video uploaded on his social media handles.
“He said the bowlers didn’t find the right areas and that the batsmen were not as consistent. He said ‘we got to go back to the drawing board and come back’. And that’s what I love about Virat Kohli and his captaincy,” he added.
Blake, an ardent follower of cricket, stated he’s excited to see how the Indian crew reacts after shedding the primary Test.
“Test cricket is absolutely the best. Second Test should be interesting, India was 1-0 down in Australia, they are 1-0 down at their home ground now. The second Test, I’m looking forward to it.”
The 31-year-old double Olympic gold medallist was additionally impressed by younger opener Shubman Gill and flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, each of whom scored half-centuries within the Test sequence opener.
“And additionally, what stood out for me was Shubman Gill, he is an exquisite batsman. Of course, Rishabh Pant is superb. Not each time he’ll placed on a present however he is wonderful for the sport of Test cricket.
“That’s why I love Test cricket, it mentally tests you. (Cheteshwar) Pujara in Australia showed that wonderful fight and that’s what I love to see,” he added.
The Jamaican world champion 100m sprinter in 2011 additionally lavished reward on veteran England bowler James Anderson, who snared 5 wickets within the Test, which included the dismissals of Gill and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane within the area of three balls within the second innings.
“Woah! What a wonderful Test between England and India. I must say, ‘Joe Root well played, England team well played’. Jimmy Anderson as usual…They say you get better with age, it is just a number. And ‘Jimmy keeps on showing that. Well done Jimmy’.”