India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli suggests people should to remain patient with future leader Aiden Markram

Virat Kohli says, "I have been very impressed with Aiden Markram's batting and as a captain as well he is really composed from what I saw in the field."

PTI, February 17, 2018

Centurion: International cricket can be harsh on young captains and no one knows it better than Virat Kohli, who feels that South Africa should persist with young Aiden Markram, since he has got all the requisite qualities to become a good leader.

Markram was handed the South African captaincy after the first ODI as Faf du Plessis got injured and it was a trial by fire with India trouncing the hosts 5-1 in a lopsided six-match series.

South Africa batsman Aiden Markram prepares to run during the fifth One Day International cricket match between South Africa and India at Saint George Park, in Port Elizabeth, on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Opposition captain Virat Kohli had words of encouragement for the young Proteas skipper Aiden Markram. AFP

"He's (Markram) obviously captained his province and he has captained at the junior level as well. I would really suggest people show patience with him because he is potentially your next leader. He is a top-class batsman as well. Its a joy to watch him play and he has definitely got the talent to dominate as a batsman," Kohli was all praise for the former U-19 World Cup winning South African captain.

"He's got the right mindset to dominate as a leader too. He just needs some time.

"I can totally empathize with him because I've been in that position. All I can say is hes on the right track," the Indian captain added.

Kohli had words of encouragement for the young Proteas skipper.

"It is not easy and I understand it. Especially, when the results are not going your way. I have been very impressed with his batting and as a captain as well he is really composed from what I saw in the field. It is not easy when things are not going your way but he is someone who doesn't seem to lose his cool, which I think is a very good thing and a very positive sign," he signed off.

Updated Date: Feb 17, 2018







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