Bengaluru, July 4: India Test captain Virat Kohli's aggressive attitude today (July 4) got the backing of new head coach Anil Kumble, who stated that he will not ask the star batsman to curb his natural instinct.
Kohli, who is aggressive on and the off the field, began his partnership with new coach Kumble at a preparatory camp for the Indian team ahead of the West Indies tour.
Today, ahead of the team's departure to the Caribbean, Kumble was asked how he would manage Kohli's aggressive attitude on and off the field. (Not thinking of No. 1 rank: Kohli)
The 45-year-old former captain said he "loved" Kohli's aggression and would not ask the right-hander to change his behaviour and stated he himself was aggressive when he played the game.
"I love his (Viat Kohli) aggression. I was also no different as I was very aggressive. But we were probably very different in terms of how we came across in the field. But you don't want to curb aggression. I will be the last person to curb someone's natural instincts," Kumble said, sitting next to the captain, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday in the team's pre-departure press conference.
However, Kumble did not forget that it is important to respect the game as the players were the ambassadors of the game. "But we all know how important it is to be ambassadors of India and part of the Indian cricket team. That everybody understands. We will ensure there is a thin line and I hope everybody knows that. I won't certainly curb anyone's natural instincts," he added.
India will play 4 Tests against West Indies. This will coach Kumble's first assignment. The first Test starts in Antigua on July 21. He was appointed as India's chief coach on June 23.
The 17-man Indian squad completed their preparatory camp today at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).