REVEALED: How Virat Kohli motivated team on the field - Here's what stump mic picked up

Many felt that Virat's temperament was not suited to captaincy, especially in the longest format of the game.

Updated: Jul 26, 2016, 12:54 PM IST
REVEALED: How Virat Kohli motivated team on the field - Here's what stump mic picked up

New Delhi: Virat Kohli's transition from Indian cricket's angry young man to captain of the Test side has been rather seamless.

Many felt that Virat's temperament was not suited to captaincy, especially in the longest format of the game.

Yet the 27-year-old has done a commendable job since taking over from MS Dhoni last year.

Kohli's personal form too has improved and he has tried to mould the team as per his cricketing philosophy.

The 27-year-old always pushes his teammates to excel and strive for excellence.

A sample of Virat's leadership was picked up by the stump mic, as he tried to rally his troops in the 1st Test against the West Indies.

After his partnership with Shikhar Dhawan ended, Kohli was heard trying to help Ajinkya Rahane maintain focus.

"He’s tiring down, he’s tiring down," Virat informed Rahane when Devendra Bishoo was bowling a solid spell. The leg-spinner at the time had picked up two wickets.

On another occasion, Virat was delighted with his side's effort on Day 2.

"Reward for patience. Every session two, three wickets and that's it," he said as the played walked off the pitch for lunch. At the time, Jason Holder's side was struggling at 90/3.

Virat also promoted Ravichandran Ashwin up the batting order in a surprising move.

Ashwin later revealed that this vote of confidence from the skipper meant a lot to him.

While Kohli has a long way to go as India's Test skipper, the early signs are encouraging.