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12 Oct, 8 tweets, 3 min read
Virat doesn't build a team, he builds a vibe.

This statement alone tells so much about him as a leader, and a person. This is a summary of his strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions.

Let me try and dissect it for you and bring out pattens in his leadership style.

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No one talks about loyalty like Kohli does. Not in IPL at least.

Kohli values loyalty. This is different from saying that he plays favorites.

He wants to build a team that vibes together. He believes in the harmony and energy of a well aligned group.

He didn't have anything against Kumble. But his presence didn't create the same dressing room harmony as Shastri for him.

If he feels 4 fast bowlers help build the swagger which he wants this team to operate, then that's what he would do even if it defies logic sometimes.

Virat also talks about how RCB has backed him for years irrespective of the results as some would say. The same way he would back a player like Dan Christian in the team if the player is giving all that he is asking for. Kohli likes loyalty. He rewards loyalty. He stays loyal
You also see the same loyalty in his hero worshipping of Dhoni. Have you ever seen a professional cricketer so smitten by a fellow player. He would let Dhoni be the de facto captain for as long as he was around. He would never question Dhoni's place or form. That's loyalty.
The way ABD and Kohli can't stop raving about each other is further testimony to the same character. You may argue that Indian players have something to gain by being in Kohli's good books. ABD doesn't. He can walk into any cricket team he likes. ABD and Kohli value loyalty.

Adding this to thread just to be clear that this is not a Kohli appreciation rant. I am making a point about his leadership style. The results (or lack of) are there for everyone to see. Yes you can never produce consistent results based on pure emotions.

Further testimony to the above. Loyalty over everything else. Yes, even the results. It's hard to believe a professional team could have that as the team motto. But as long as the fans aren't complaining, the owners wouldn't mind.

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Sell city based franchise for states that are representated. Sell the franchise at a lower cost if you have to. Build revenue streams for future. Make a franchise for Assam, for UP, for Gujarat, etc. Have them play the second division for the first couple of years of you have to.
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