We all know that captain Virat Kohli is a fierce competitor on the field. No batsman likes to get out, but Kohli gets just livid when he is out cheaply. This hunger for runs has helped him beat the best teams in the world. However, there is one guy in the Indian dressing room, whom Virat Kohli cannot get better off! It is Cheteshwar Pujara.
“I am going to admit something today, I am very competitive. I hate guys who play all sports safely. This guy (Pujara) beats me in tennis, table-tennis and now even FIFA. I make a lot of unforced mistakes. I will now challenge him to badminton, it”s a fast game and maybe I can beat him,” Kohli said, in a chat shared by BCCI.tv.
Kohli also described how he learned to score big hundreds from Pujara. Kohli had only one 150+ score in first 10 test hundreds (169 vs Australia at Melbourne in 2014), but he has converted 6 of his last 10 hundreds into double hundreds. “My mindset is to score big 100s. I am learning from you, how to concentrate and how to keep batting. I got inspired by your will to keep batting on,” Kohli said
He also talked about fitness and the important tours of South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia which will follow next year. “As professional cricketers, we don”t have many years. So I try to stay as fit as possible. I try to take care of my diet and training. I know it will get difficult later on in my career. But I will try and keep the same intensity even later in my career. It is pleasing to score in Test matches. To counter different conditions in England, South Africa, the job satisfaction is certainly the most in Test cricket. ODI, T20Is are emotionally satisfying too when you play in front of full crowds and win close games,” Kohli said.
Virat Kohli is the leading run scorer in ODI cricket with 1460 runs from 26 matches at an average of 76.84. He also has 5 triple-digit scores in test cricket (3 double test centuries and 2 centuries) to go with. The third test against Sri Lanka will be his last match for India in 2017 as he is rested from ODI and T20I series.
– by Atharva Apte