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Kohli wants to follow Dravid and Kumble

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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012, 13:55 [IST]
 
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Players gel very well as a team: Kohli

Bangalore, Apr 2: India's most promising batting talent Virat Kohli said he would like to imbibe some of the qualities from former Royal Challengers' captains Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and also current skipper Daniel Vettori.

"From Rahul Dravid, I'd want to imbibe his patience. He is very calm and patient under the most pressure-filled situations. If your side is losing, as a captain it's not easy to control your emotions. But Rahul bhai does it so wonderfully well.

"I want Anil Kumble's competitiveness and the never-say-die attitude. He not only motivates his team but also sets an example for everyone to follow by putting in his 100 per cent effort in the field.

"Vettori's composure is tremendous. The way he backs his bowlers in crunch times is especially amazing. I'd like to learn that from him," explained Kohli.

India's vice captain, Kohli, who had led the Royal Challengers' during previous season in the absence of injured skipper Daniel Vettori, said it was "a fun experience".

"I was a bit nervous in the beginning. But once I took the field and started to think as a captain, I was fine. I was very well-supported by everyone in the team in terms of what I planned and what fields I wanted to set. That made me pretty relaxed. It was a fun experience for me," he said.

Comparing the past and present Royal Challengers' team, Kohli said, "Honestly, I think we had the best squad in 2009. With the quality of players we had then -- the likes of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn -- it was a really strong side.

"Having said that, even now we have some big names, like AB de Villiers, Zaheer Khan, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori. What makes the current team even stronger is that we gel really well as a team."

The Royal Challengers' will take on Delhi Daredevils on April 7 at the M Chinaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

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