Simon Taufel, former Australian international umpire and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has termed Virat Kohli’s on-field as an emotional hijack in his book "Finding The Gaps".
Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, who is arguably touted as the best batsmen in the world, but at the same time, also recognized as one of the most aggressive cricketers on the cricket field and his over-aggressiveness on the field has often criticized by many but Taufel has a different view on the same.
In a chapter titled “Leading with integrity and values” in his book “Finding The Gaps”, Taufel has expressed his views on Kohli’s on-field behavior, writing the right-hander is a "passionate and combative person" who sometimes get "emotionally hijacked".
Having seen Kohli’s rise from close quarters in the international cricket for ten years, Taufel feels the stylish batsman has matured with time and became more self-aware cricketer, who knows how these attributes can affect his game, as the India captain is now a more matured and organized cricketer than starting days of his career ever since he was handed the responsibility to lead Men in Blue in the game.
Taufel wrote in his book "Finding The Gaps", “On the captaincy front, I've seen Virat Kohli at close quarters for more than ten years at the elite level. He is sometimes a passionate and combative person who can occasionally get emotionally hijacked.”
He signed off by saying, “Virat now appears to be very much self-aware of who he is and how these character traits can affect his game, and he can adjust when he needs to. Kohli is comfortable in his own skin, and this allows him to be a more authentic leader because he is being the best version of himself.”
(With IANS Inputs)