Virat Kohli has been backed by former Indian cricketer Madan Lal for his on-field aggression.
Lal, who is a member of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, says he can’t understand why people want him to change his attitude and that the country needs a captain with his personality.
Kohli gave aggressive send-offs to Kane Williamson during the recent tour of New Zealand and also lost his cool in post-match press conferences when asked about India’s batting failures.
Lal said: “I don't understand why people in India are asking him to mellow down.
“First, everyone wanted a very aggressive captain and now you want Kohli to stop his aggressive streak. I love the way he is on the field. Earlier, people used to say that Indians are not aggressive; now that we've become aggressive people question that and ask why we are so aggressive. I enjoy Kohli's aggression; we need a captain like him.”
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He only managed to get beyond the 50-mark one in three ODIs and five T20Is in New Zealand. That followed just 38 runs in four Test innings against the Black Caps.
However, Lal also believes it is only a matter of time before Kohli returns to his brilliant best.
He added: “He was out of form. You can say it was a loss of confidence. That (series against New Zealand) doesn't take anything away from him. He is still the world's best player.
“At times, technical flaws come in and you then try harder and harder but still you don't come out of it. It happens to the best of players.”
Meanwhile, Lal and the CAC recently chose former India spinner Sunil Joshi as the chief selector of the senior men's team. Former India bowler Harvinder Singh was also chosen.
“It was a difficult decision,” he added. “There were 40 candidates and we had to pick only two. It was a unanimous decision by the committee.”