Bangalore: Virat Kohli has led Royal Challengers Bangalore, a side full of superstar cricketers, quite admirably. He has thrown himself around on the field, batted with the supreme confidence arising from a mountain of runs and kept his wits around him in pressure situations. He has also, however, exhibited a short fuse far too often for comfort, his innate aggression manifesting itself into behaviour less than acceptable.
Ray Jennings, the Bangalore coach and a Kohli mentor if ever there was one, acknowledged that Kohli had issues to work on, but hastened to add that the system needed to rally around the young man, especially if it had identified him as the one to lead India in future.
Kohli had taken over the captaincy from Daniel Vettori midway through the last season of the IPL once the New Zealander conceded ground to Muttiah Muralitharan and stepped aside. This year, he was named captain before the start of the season. Jennings was asked how he had seen Kohli grow as a leader. "We all know Virat Kohli is going to be a different captain for India one day. He is a real fighter, he needs to understand his strengths and his weaknesses and a fighter sometimes needs to quieten down to be the quiet fighter," said Jennings, a former South Africa coach, on Friday (April 19) night. "I think over time, he will learn that. I have seen a change in him in the last two weeks in certain issues, but nobody can take away his ability to fight and as a leader, you will find that the people around him will benefit from that fighting spirit.