The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League, among other things, was about inspirational captaincy and two names instantly come to mind – Virat Kohli and David Warner. Both the players led their respective teams from the front and also inspired others to raise the bar. Royal Challengers Bangalore were all at sea till the mid-stage of the tournament and then the turnaround was injected by Kohli. RCB needed four wins on the trot to qualify for the playoffs and Kohli took the onus on himself with the other players also responding well. Kohli, as an individual needs a challenge to bring the best out of him and RCB’s precarious situation provided the spark. (Loved the IPL journey this year, says Kohli ) Kohli in an interview to India Today Television had said, “captaincy comes naturally to him”, but in pressure situations emotions get the better of him. In this season also there were moments when Kohli looked all worked up and gave an impression that things are not in his control. There is no doubt to the fact that he has a tactical head on his shoulders but needs to calm down and develop a ‘monk’ like approach when in crunch situations. Kohli didn’t had a potent bowling attack but could have done a little better in handling them. On the other hand, Warner leading the Sunrisers Hyderabad with not much of captaining experience did well to lead his team to maiden IPL glory. Unlike Kohli, the Aussie didn’t had to deal with superstars but had a good mix of experienced and young players – who responded to him well and gave their 100 per cent. Moreover, the reason behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman’s success should be attributed to Warner, who gave them complete freedom to express themselves.(Kohli is a blend of consistency and power, says Hayden )advertisementKOHLI WARNER NOT SO SIMILAR AFTER ALL Kohli and Warner have similar personality traits as cricketers but while leading a team, the Australian opener is more composed when compared to India’s Test captain. The background staff at the Sunrisers, comprising of Tom Moody, VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan could may have a role in making Warner a lot calmer. Moreover, the decision to bat first in the final raised eyebrows but also goes on to show the belief he had on himself and the team. Even, Sunrisers’ mentor and former India batsman Laxman was in awe of Warner’s leadership skills and praised the Australian for being a team man. “He led from the front. He is an inspirational character who is very positive and aggressive at the same time. His nature has rubbed off on a lot of youngsters,” Laxman told iplt20.com. “But the way he has batted, despite being under pressure of being one of the most important members in the side, has been phenomenal. He has had an impact on each and every outing. He is also not an experienced captain, but the way he has led the team has been sensational. I hope that he keeps on continuing that,” Laxman added. (Kohli highlights dream season for batsmen ) A bowler always looks up to his captain’s support, especially at times when things aren’t going his way. Laxman feels Warner has proved in this season that he is a bowler’s captain. “I think he is a bowler’s captain by giving freedom to bowlers, especially when things are not going your way, you need your captain to back you and that’s what our bowlers got from their captain,” Laxman said. (Yuvraj Singh’s wait for glory ends with memorable IPL season )The IPL-9 season will be remembered for Kohli and Warner – how they inspired a bunch of players to reach for greater heights. The previous animosity between them is now a thing of the past and both of them have mutual admiration for each other, which makes them compete hard on the cricket field. Surely, the experience in this year’s IPL will make both of them better cricketers.