Royal Challengers Bangalore coach, Ray Jennings believes that leading the side in the Indian Premier League will help Virat Kohli to get ready for the leadership responsibilities at the national level.
Although the Men in Blue are doing a great job these days having beaten Australia 4-0 in the Test series, skipper Mahendra Sigh Dhoni often came under serious pressure. And many cricket pundits have demanded his head on a several occasions in the past.
Since the wicket-keeper batsman has done many wonders for the country in the past, BCCI is always hesitant to remove him from the captaincy. Another reason is that there is no viable alternative.
Talented, Virat Kohli is being considered as the next contender for the captaincy, but according to a few gurus, he is not yet ready for the job. After taking over from Daniel Vettori, Kohli is all set to lead his IPL franchise.
It will be Kohli’s first real test in the field. And the coach feels that this will prove a ‘stepping stone’ for the talented right-hander to get ready for the bigger job. He said after a training session on Tuesday:
"Kohli needs to make sure he gets his captaincy right. Dhoni is not going to be around for a long time. He needs to be ready for India and captaining RCB is a stepping stone for Kohli to take over from Dhoni. Kohli has the ability to lead the Indian team
and also is very fiery which is a good thing for RCB."
Talking about RCB’s chance this year, the coach explained that the side is way stronger than the previous season. He added, "If guys click, we make huge scores, but if they get out first ball, we lose."
Jennings also talked about Australian team management’s recent step to suspend four players due to disciplinary issues. He added:
"You need to understand what players did and what relationship they had in the buildup to that (controversy). If you ask players 10 times to do something and they don’t do it, you have a reaction. When you ask for the first time, you have a different reaction."