I will not curb Kohli's aggression, says coach Kumble

July 05, 2016 | 02:05 PM | 2 Views

India's new head coach Anil Kumble admires test captain Virat Kohli's aggression and will not try to curb his natural instincts.The 27-year-old Kohli replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India's captain in the longest game's format after the wicketkeeper-batsman's retirement from test cricket during the tour of Australia in late 2014.

The Delhi cricketer was initially perceived as another brash personality from the streets of a city long accused of encouraging aggression in its youth, having often been involved in wars of words with opponents on the field.

Former India captain Kumble's appointment as coach was welcomed by many who expect the former leg-spinner to be a calming presence in a team led by an expressive captain.

"I love his aggression," Kumble told reporters sitting alongside Kohli. "I was no different, I was also aggressive, very different in terms of the way we probably came across on the field.

"But you don't want to curb aggression. I will be the last person to curb someone's natural instincts," Kumble added.

"But we all know how important it is to be ambassadors of India and to be a part of the Indian cricket team. That everybody understands. We will ensure that there is a thin line and everybody knows that."he added.

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