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Virat Kohli's captaincy can be intimidating, says Ray Jennings

The former South African 'keeper feels Kohli needs a mentor to keep him calm.

SENIOR ANALYST
News 05 Feb 2018, 19:53 IST
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Jennings feels Kohli's attitude can intimidate youngsters in the side

Former South African wicket-keeper Ray Jennings has fired a warning at Virat Kohli, stating his leadership can come off as 'intimidating' to youngsters in the dressing room.

"There can be a fear factor in the dressing room and you don't want that with so many youngsters coming into the side," Jennings said. He also added that India are still transitioning from the change in leadership and that Kohli has a lot more to offer as a captain.

"As captain, I think, he is still not at his best. The Indian cricket system has to feed off Virat Kohli. Going from MS Dhoni to Kohli has been a drastic change. Dhoni is so calm and Kohli is the complete opposite. He can be intimidating the dressing room and sometimes his teammates can wonder who Kohli really is."

As a result, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore coach feels that the Indian skipper needs a mentor, someone who can help him cool off. However, he also added that Kohli will improve with age.

Kohli has been a revelation as the skipper of the Indian team, helping his side remain unbeaten in bilateral ODI series so far, having taken over the reins from MS Dhoni at the beginning of last year.

Captaincy does not seem to have impacted his form with the bat either, as he notched his 33rd ODI century in the 1st ODI of the ongoing six-match series against South Africa which India lead 2-0 after having walloped the hosts in both encounters.

While Jennings' statements may ring true, the youngsters in the Indian team seem to be unaffected by his brash captaincy nature, with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya maturing into fine international cricketers.

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