There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen of all time in all the formats of cricket. He has proven his worth every time with his outstanding abilities to bat in international tournaments & the Indian Premier League & to prove this, his records speak for themselves.
There is also no doubt about his leadership skills as team India has reached new heights under his captaincy. The present-day example to his appraisable leadership skills is that India is in the finals of the World Test Championship & is scheduled to play against New Zealand. Fans & cricket pundits are already predicting that Virat Kohli & Team India will come out as winners.
The Virat Kohli we tend to see on the pitch is usually an image of fierce concentration and intense competition. The Indian captain spares no bowler with the bat and virtually no opposition from the past couple of years. However, on the screen, Kohli is thought to be cheerful and a touch of a trouble maker. This facet of him, seldom seen, was on full show within the terribly candid and no-holds-barred interview with Gaurav Kapur on his YouTube show “Breakfast With Champions.”
The most interesting moment of the Interview was when Kapur asked Kohli about Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma. Kohli answered it honestly & said “Everyone was talking about a new guy Rohit Sharma. When Rohit was on the rise & when he was making name for himself with his bat, all other players were in awe of Rohit’s batting style. As I was already playing for team India, I had never seen him play & when in the T20 world cup, I saw him for the first time, I too was overwhelmed with his style of play. His timing with the bat is best among all of us & he has 30 seconds extra to play the ball because he is sharp.”
It’s worth noting that, after India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat to New Zealand, reports emerged that there is some issue between India’s two top-order batsmen Kohli & Rohit. Reacting to the reported fall-out, legendary Sunil Gavaskar haad even said that “Virat and Rohit can shout from the rooftops as much as they can but this story won’t end”.
But things started changing as India begin their journey for the World Test Championship & all of us could see the change when India defeated England in all three formats & with the efforts from team management the issue resolved between the old friends.
In the same interview with Gaurav Kapur, Kohli also credited his now wife Anushka Sharma for making him the person he is today. He said that she taught him poise and how to become a gentleman.
We wish all the best to Rohit Sharma & skipper Virat Kohli & Team India for their campaign against New Zealand for the WTC trophy.