Virat Kohli leads by example in all aspects: Lara
- According to Lara, Kohli has built on the team's solid foundation laid by Dhoni
- However, Lara feels Kohli & Co will have to win for a long period of time in order to become dominant
- Kohli is just a point away from dethroning Australia's Steve Smith at the top of ICC Rankings for Test batsmen
"He leads by example in all aspects of the game. I think Indian cricket is heading in the right direction. Dhoni laid the foundation for the team and Kohli has taken it ahead," Lara told reporters on the sideline of an event.
"World cricket is a lot more competitive now. Australia, England, South Africa are all good teams. India would have to win matches for a long period of time if they want to be dominant," he added.
The 50-year-old Lara also said that the introduction of the World Test Championship will make the viewing experience of Test matches exciting for the spectators around the world.
India is on the top of the World Test Championship currently as they have 200 points from four matches.
"I think the World Test Championship should have started earlier. In my playing days, it became monotonous with all the travelling. But I am happy to see World Test Championship now and it will create more excitement among the spectators," Lara said.
Former Australia captain Steve Smith is currently on top of the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen with 937 points. However, Kohli is just one point away from dethroning Smith from the pole position.
Lara said that the rivalry between individuals is always exciting to see, but in the end, everyone wants their team to win.
"It is awesome to see rivalry between batsmen. It has been there in the past as well. Rivalry among individuals is great but every team needs to win matches. It is a team game after all and every player will sacrifice personal gains to script a win for his team," Lara said.