Shane Warne on Virat Kohli: The legendary spinner was wax lyrical about the Indian captain and opened up on the Pandya-Rahul controversy.
There is no hiding to the fact that India captain Virat Kohli has superabundant fans across the world. Given his run-spree in the last few years, there are not many doubts regarding the same not happening. Among one of Kohli’s fans is former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne.
Shane Warne on Virat Kohli
In a recent exclusive interview with The Times of India, Warne admitted being a ‘big fan’ and appreciated how the Indian captain bats and speaks.
“He’s fantastic. I love watching him bat and I love listening to him. I am a big fan. You know what he does? He stands up for what he believes in. He speaks how he feels and he’s real. He’s emotional, a bit too emotional sometimes on the field. But that’s the part of the charm,” Warne was quoted as saying.
I don’t copy anyone, but won’t mind copying Virat Kohli: Ollie Pope https://t.co/7Vf9YgW8Ed
— TOI Sports News (@TOISportsNews) February 9, 2019
Dont compare me with Virat Kohli’ he is a great player and I just Started my career: Babar Azam pic.twitter.com/Ie78uou0av
— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) February 10, 2019
Laying emphasis on Kohli’s honesty and tendency to confront his opponents, Warne believed it to be a reason behind Kohli’s 24 ODI centuries while chasing. “I think world cricket loves him. Everyone loves Virat Kohli because it’s refreshing to hearing him talk so honestly and openly. He loves confrontation.
“That’s why he has those 100s in chases. How many, 23, 24? The next best is how much? I can’t remember who’s second. That’s something inbuilt into you. That’s not skill or talent. He’s got a lot of that. That is just pure competitiveness and pure desire – to get the job done,” Warne added.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 3, 2019
Shane Warne on Pandya-Rahul controversy
Been part of several controversies during his playing days, Warne also reflected on the recent controversy which handed individual bans to India cricketers in Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul. Warne opined that the players always expected to be politically correct is ‘ridiculous’.
“Good lord. As I said, it’s all about political correctness these days. If a player steps out of line, everybody has an opinion and I thought that this particular thing was ridiculous. Just let them be,” Warne further added.