Team India's news coach Anil Kumble today openly praised captain Virat Kohli. "I love his aggression. I was no different. I was also aggressive, very different in terms of how we probably came across on the field," Kumble said when asked how he would deal with Virat Kohli's temperament and aggression on and off the field.
The question took even Kolhi by surprise. He appeared a bit taken aback at the directness of the question. But the answer from his coach must have made him very happy.
"I'll be the last person to curb someone's natural instincts," Kumble further said. "...but of course, we all know how important it is to be ambassadors of India and be a part of the Indian cricket team. That everybody in the team understands. We will ensure that there is a thin line and that everybody knows that. I won't certainly curb anyone's instincts."
The India captain and coach were talking to media before their flight to St. Kitts on Monday (July 5), to play two practice games on the 9th and 14th of July.
Talking about the upcoming matches, Kumble said, "I think the expectations to win is constantly going to be there for the Indian team."
"It's always going to be there, it's not going to change. West Indies is a tough side, at home they know the conditions there. Yes, obviously, they are in a transition phase and there will be some young West Indian players playing Test cricket.
"Like you mentioned, we are expected to win but the conditions are similar to what we get here at home. We still have two weeks before the first Test, we have a couple of practice games at St Kitts so we will try out various combinations and (give) everyone an opportunity to have a knock in those two matches and decide what's the ideal combination for us to go with. Only few of them have played in the West Indies, the others have played in the shorter formats not necessarily in Tests, but the experience is there," he further said.