De Villiers sees a 'world class captain' in Kohli

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Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013, 17:07 [IST]
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'Kohli will become world class captain'

Bangalore, Apr 19: The list of cricketers admiring Virat Kohli keeps growing each day. Now, South Africa's ODI captain and Kohli's team-mate in Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers has heaped praise on the youngster and feels he will become a "world class captain".

Having been impressed with the way Kohli has led RCB so far in IPL 6, De Villiers said the Indian right-hander is showing signs of becoming a top leader.

"He (Virat Kohli) has been brilliant. Obviously he is very young and inexperienced, having said that, he has made some really positive moves. He will become a world class captain and he is already showing signs of that," De Villiers said here on Thursday (April 18).

Kohli led India to Under-19 World Cup title in 2008 in Malaysia and since breaking into the Indian senior team, the Delhi youngster is being seen as next leader after MS Dhoni.

Talking about the stress of captaincy and need for breaks, De Villiers explained: "It is quite draining to give that much energy to the guys and you need a lot of rest in between. You need to get away from the game when you have the opportunity and I am sure Virat will need to do that as well. That's what I try and do - keep a balance between being (South Africa's limited-over) captain and trying to get away from the game."

On RCB failing to win the IPL trophy, De Villiers said it could happen this year.

"So far the close situations and the key moments have gone our way. I can see a massive improvement especially in the bowling department, collectively we are playing a lot better and if things go our way, we could very well win the trophy this year," he said.


Story first published:  Friday, April 19, 2013, 16:31 [IST]
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