Virat Kohli loves playing positive cricket, irrespective of the format and the situation. One can expect a similar approach from India during the Test series against West Indies, starting July 21. His never-give-up attitude has rubbed off on other players in the dressing room, and India's leg-spinner Amit Mishra praised Kohli for the great environment he has created within the team.
When one has a captain like Kohli, who is always all ears to opinions, the members of the team will go that extra mile, and give it their all for a win. Kohli has asked Mishra to stay positive and stick to the strengths, and play the role of a wicket-taker.
"Virat Kohli is a positive person and he has created a similar positive environment within the team. He always supports me. There are no boundaries. Whenever I want to share something with him, I am free to express my opinion. He tells me, 'You're a wicket taking bowler and that is what you must do. You stay positive and stick to your strengths. Do not think about anything else,'" BCCI's official website quoted Mishra as saying.
Mishra, who looked good picking up four-for in the practice match against the WICB President's XI, is no stranger to the Carribbean as the bowler represented India in June 2011, scalping four wickets. Though he might have only one Test match under his name in West Indies, he has gained immense experience in the last couple of years, playing for India in different countries.
And with Anil Kumble as the new coach, Mishra can always speak to the former leggie, who can provide him bowling tips.
The experience is going to help. I have played only one Test, but played more One-day cricket in the Caribbean. Anil bhai is with us (as Head Coach) and his experience is going to matter a lot. He has played here and he keeps telling us about the conditions. We will utilize his experience and form a strategy together," Mishra said.