I am as friendly with Kuldeep Yadav as I am with MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli said he believes in empowering youngsters in the Indian dressing room and giving them space to blossom as internal cricketers.Kohli said there is no culture of “scolding people” in the dressing room while maintaining he doesn’t have to be harsh when it comes to grooming youngsters. Kohli conceded he was distracted and made too many mistake in his growing years but added that he is telling the youngsters not to repeat them in the intitial phases of their careers.The India captain, who is all set to lead the team for a full tour in West Indies from August 3, added that the rich assembly line of youngsters for the senior national team is unprecedented in Indian cricket.”The culture of scolding people isn’t there in the change room now. As friendly as I am with Kuldeep (Yadav), I am the same with MS (Dhoni). The atmosphere is such that anyone can say anything to anyone. I am like walking up to people and telling them, ‘listen, I have committed these mistakes, make sure you don’t do them’,” Kohli told The Times of India.”Your career improves by two-three years. I believe in empowering people. I believe in giving them space to express themselves and when they come to a stage when they feel jumbled, then I’ll have a conversation.”I’ll talk to them like, ‘this is where you are heading and this is where you have to head. These are the kind of things you should be doing. You’ll regret not correcting those things early like I did. I don’t want you to waste two-three years of your career. You have to play more than what you have played’.”advertisementVirat Kohli also credited the Indian Premier League for helping provide youngsters a high-quality competitive platform even before they play international cricket.”They [the youngsters] are amazing. The level of confidence that they have is amazing to see. As I have mentioned so many times before, at 19-20, we were not even half the players these guys are. Skills have developed because of exposure to tournaments like the IPL. It’s the best thing that can happen to a cricketer.”Kohli will have the company of quite a few youngters on the tour of West Indies as the senior selection committee picked a squad with a good mix of youth and experience after the World Cup. The likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been recalled while leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, pacer Khaleel Ahmed are all part of the limited-overs set-up.India will play 3 T20Is from August 3 against the West Indies. 2 of them will be played in Florida before India head to the Carribean for the final T20I. Virat Kohli’s men will also play 3 ODIs after which they will begin their Test Championship campaign with a 2-match Test series.Also Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly surprised by absence of Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane in ODI squad for West Indies tourAlso See:last_img read more