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    "I have used Virat Kohli as an example for my players" : Mickey Arthur

    Mickey Arthur, the most experienced head coach in cricket, spoke to The Telegraph in Dubai.

    The 50-year-old Mickey, who has been with Pakistan for over two years, is a keen observer of trends internationally and is conversant with the strengths/chinks in armour of rivals.

    Most would expect the head coach of Pakistan to avoid talking about Virat Kohli, but the Johannesburg-born Mickey is made of different stuff and agreed to take questions on the India captain across the three formats.

    On Friday, Virat (who has completed 10 years at the international level) became the first from India to score at least 1,000 Test runs in three consecutive years.

    Itís worth noting that Virat averages 54.66 in Test cricket, 58.20 in ODIs and 48.88 in T20Is. Not to forget the 59 hundreds in the two older formats.

    Phenomenal.

    Now, excerpts from the interview with Mickey...



    Q ĎMonitoringí the progress of top cricketers in the other Test-playing nations is part of your brief... How do you view Viratís growth after the 2017 Champions Trophy, the last time Pakistan came up against him?

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    Virat has grown even more. In fact, heís an unbelievable cricketer.


    Q What puts Virat in a special league?

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    Viratís hunger and desire to be the best sets him apart from the rest. Everything Virat does is almost fanatical... The way he lives his life, trains and plays his cricket... For Virat, itís about becoming the best he can be. I have used Virat as an example for my players. The way he changed his lifestyle, the accent on fitness. I have enjoyed watching Virat grow as a cricketer.


    Q Where would you place Virat as a batsman?

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    Viratís the best in the world... Purely as somebody passionate about cricket, heís one of three batsmen Iíd pay a lot of money to watch ó AB de Villiers and David Warner being the other two. AB has retired completely from international cricket and Warner is currently ineligible to play for Australia... So, Viratís the only one playing international cricket and that too all three formats... Kane Williamson, I should add, is in the same league.


    Q Pakistanís batsmen?

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    I have high expectations from Babar Azam and Imam-ul Haq... But Imam has to remember heís not his uncle, Inzamam... Babar too must play just his way... They have to be their own men. Largely exclusively in Test cricket, we have a top-class batsman in Azhar Ali... Look, each one of them has the potential to become the best.


    Q What goes into the making of a successful cricketer and a successful team?

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    A couple of boxes definitely need to be ticked. Team is all about vision, goal and ambition... Itís about wanting to be the best you can be as a group... When it comes to an individual, it becomes a bit selfish and you focus on yourself... An individual cricketer has to keep pushing himself to get better, itís about reassessing and, of course, you have to introspect as well.


    Q Youíve spoken at some length on Virat the batsman. What about Virat the captain?

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    Going by some of Viratís reactions on the field, I think he needs to tone down a bit. Iím sure Virat will work that out and (head coach) Ravi Shastri should help him channel things in the right direction... As I told you in London during the Champions Trophy, Virat has brought about a cut-throat attitude which looks good from the outside. Heís also brought real energy to the India team.


    Q Expectations from the two-Test series against Australia, one of the three national teams to be coached by you, which begins on Sunday?

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    We will be good, I can assure you that... This Pakistan team is on the rise and hungry to do well. Weíre also good in these (UAE) conditions and made strides in the Tests in England this summer. You could say we were unbelievable at Lordís, winning by nine wickets, but very disappointing at Headingley. However, this Pakistan team is still learning. I have faith in these boys.


    Q Where white-ball cricket is concerned, just how significant has been the impact of the PSL?

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    Massive. The PSL has allowed us to look at a wider pool of cricketers and theyíve been getting used to handling situations of pressure in front of big crowds... The domestic players are learning from their overseas teammates. Itís a win-win situation.


    Q Last one... How disappointed are you that, for many years now, Pakistan finds no representation in the game-changing IPL?

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    Iíll only say that the likes of Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Aamir, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan would bring good value to the IPL.

    https://www.telegraphindia.com/sport...ur/cid/1671224


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    Kohli is once in a generation type player

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    I hope Arthur is just joking. He has a better examples in Pakistan like Younis Khan and several others who have always been better than super ordinary Kohli in all formats of the game year after year. The Pak coach has lost his mind it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckMaster View Post
    I hope Arthur is just joking. He has a better examples in Pakistan like Younis Khan and several others who have always been better than super ordinary Kohli in all formats of the game year after year. The Pak coach has lost his mind it seems.
    Of course he can give the example of CT epic triumph for 20 more years (including his successor coaches). That's enough for the growth of Pakistan cricket!

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    Will he ask the players to turn vegan like him too?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckMaster View Post
    I hope Arthur is just joking. He has a better examples in Pakistan like Younis Khan and several others who have always been better than super ordinary Kohli in all formats of the game year after year. The Pak coach has lost his mind it seems.
    sounds like Abdul Qadir's account?


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    If Younis Khan were in India, then probably he wouldn't be selected in Indian batting line-up.

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    High praise for Virat and richly deserved too. To be frank there is nothing wrong in citing him as example as he is a model cricketer. Lots of young players around the world follow him and he surely can inspire young players in Pakistan as well. Having legends in your country does not mean you should not look up to greats around the world.

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    Now the typical suspects in Pak media will come out and attack Mickey for giving a non-Pakistani as an example


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    Hope this statement from Coach will clear lot of nay sayers doubts about ATG player Kohli

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    No problem with this.

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    Lots of Indian bowlers have looked up to Wasim.

    If a role model another country makes you a better cricketer then nothing wrong with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    Lots of Indian bowlers have looked up to Wasim.

    If a role model another country makes you a better cricketer then nothing wrong with it.
    Exactly, Ind fans and upcoming players never had problem in admiring Wasim.

    The same is not true when it comes to Kohli. Fans are getting arrested in some cases !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangalorean View Post
    Exactly, Ind fans and upcoming players never had problem in admiring Wasim.

    The same is not true when it comes to Kohli. Fans are getting arrested in some cases !
    ummm..what? Lets not make random comments without evidence. Also, lets not say "people are getting arrested" which signifies a trend, for a one-off situation where some mentalist got annoyed.

    As a country of 1bn people, we have enough of those mentalists who would arrest one of looking up to Wasim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckMaster View Post
    I hope Arthur is just joking. He has a better examples in Pakistan like Younis Khan and several others who have always been better than super ordinary Kohli in all formats of the game year after year. The Pak coach has lost his mind it seems.
    Absolutely. Why should the coach use Kohli as an example? Younis Khan is a perfect example with regards to conduct as a professional, if you know what I mean. Player after player from Pak can be better examples on how to conduct themselves as a better team man than Kohli. Who cares about one controversy after the year, from one groupism after the other within the Pak team in the past. As for fitness, plenty of Pak players could be better examples as well.


    If there is a better batsman than Sachin then he hasnít arrived yet: Viv Richards

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckMaster View Post
    I hope Arthur is just joking. He has a better examples in Pakistan like Younis Khan and several others who have always been better than super ordinary Kohli in all formats of the game year after year. The Pak coach has lost his mind it seems.
    Are you trolling? Yk the worst batsman ever to play more than 100 ODIs let alone his manipulation of the board and media. Id rather they follow someone nuts like Abdul Qadir Sarfarz Nawaz or even Umar Akmal rather than the most useless player to play ODIs

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    Does Mickey want his batters to choke like him in Knockout games that matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidilicious View Post
    ummm..what? Lets not make random comments without evidence. Also, lets not say "people are getting arrested" which signifies a trend, for a one-off situation where some mentalist got annoyed.

    As a country of 1bn people, we have enough of those mentalists who would arrest one of looking up to Wasim.
    Evidence: https://www.google.com/search?q=kohl...ested+pakistan

    But yes, it seems like a one off.

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    Wrong player to compare with as an example.

    They will face him every now and then. Why would you give him an upper hand? Why would you make your players have inferiority complex creep in? We were told not to look at batsmen. Not to look at the bowler. If an idol, example plays against you, you are awed at his capability and instead of ball watching you watch the guy and marvel.

    Ind-Pak are enemies in cricket field. This example stuff creates love. Can you go 110% against someone you love or you hate?

    You want someone who can inspire you, bring in Viv Richards. Bring in Lloyd. Bring is Waugh. They never took prisoners. Someone from the past. MJ never went easy on Finley who was in High school. Never went easy on Mayo (Rookie). Never went easy on Reggie. Black Jesus they call him. He could walk on water.
    Last edited by BD-fan; 8th October 2018 at 16:21.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Evidence: https://www.google.com/search?q=kohl...ested+pakistan

    But yes, it seems like a one off.
    was arrested for hoisting the Indian flag. Not for being a Kohli fan.


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