Very few are blessed with the ability to walk the talk, especially if the talk is big. Virat Kohli's team-mate, confidante and partner-in-success over the last year, R Ashwin exudes a sense of admiration when he talks about his captain. "Many a time, I have seen him say 'Okay, don't worry, I'll make the runs'. It could be even 400 runs and he would say he will make it. That's an amazing sense of self-confidence for someone to have. And he's got extraordinary skill to back that confidence."
But confidence is a fickle companion, probably the ficklest of them all. There is a need for recognition, constant reassurance and an unending hope that it doesn't desert you. Kohli's relationship with it isn't dissimilar.