India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Here’s another Virat Kohli fan from rival camp; calls India captain ‘benchmark’
'A lot of players can learn from him (Virat Kohli). Then, we have got a chance. Without hard work, there is no success. Hard work is boring but it can give you great success. Once they keep working and dealing with the process, they will have a chance'
Chennai: India captain Virat Kohli is one of the fittest cricketers in the world. The amount of work he puts in, in the gym, is known to all. And, that reflects on the field be it any format of the game. Now, the opposition camp is inspired by Kohli ahead of the India-West Indies first ODI.
West Indies’ assistant coach Roddy Estwick has heaped praised on the hard working Kohli and wants his players to learn from him.
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“It's exciting times for us when you look at guys like (Shimron) Hetmyer, (Nicholas) Pooran and (Shai) Hope. We have got young batsmen who are developing. But the key thing is how you prepare to work hard. You have got a benchmark in Virat Kohli. He is somebody who will be in the gym and work very hard,” he said on Friday.
“A lot of players can learn from him. Then, we have got a chance. Without hard work, there is no success. Hard work is boring but it can give you great success. Once they keep working and dealing with the process, they will have a chance,” he added.
In the recently concluded T20I series, India triumphed 2-1 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Now, the action shifts to ODIs with the opening match of the three-match rubber in Chennai on Sunday (December 15).
Estwick said the West Indies players were “brilliant” in the T20Is. “They have been brilliant on this tour, we can't fault them. They have worked really hard. They are beginning to see the results. If you look at Hetmyer's play in the T20s, it was exciting. Now, we move to a longer format. People forget the fact that at a very young age, he already has four ODI hundreds. Obviously, there is a lot of talent there. In cricket, you cannot rest and relax,” he said.
“We are happy with the way we performed in the T20s. When these two teams played three T20s in the Caribbean, the gulf between them was wide. We are happy that we have narrowed that gap (in the T20 matches) and hope to do the same in 50 overs,” he added.