Virat Kohli denies former Australian cricketer: The Indian captain is said to have denied permission to a former Australian cricketer.
India captain Virat Kohli is said to have denied permission to a former Australian cricketer for an interview during the recently concluded India’s tour of Australia. If reports are to be believed, Kohli initially said that he can’t do to the interview till the Test series ends, keeping the same stance after it ended.
Kohli might not have topped the batting charts on this tour but this tour will be remembered as witnessing his immense growth as a leader. Not that he didn’t contribute with the bat at all, he scored two crucial centuries across formats but the sight of him lifting trophies (Test and ODI) will remain in the hearts of the Indian fans.
My world-cup squad with first 11, and back-ups. You are welcome.
4. Dhoni 12. Rayadu (also back-up opener)
6. Pant 13. Karthik
8. Jadeja. 14. Kuldeep 15. Shami
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 21, 2019
A smile is the best way to unwind. 😊 pic.twitter.com/w8RoT6udd3
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 21, 2019
Given his current stature in world cricket, it is not a surprise that Kohli was asked for an interview. If reports in Mumbai Mirror are to be believed, Kohli refused the former cricketer on purpose.
“Only when they want something, they [certain ex-players] will speak to you a certain way. But it doesn’t matter to me if I’m talking to you or someone who has 15,000 runs, at the end of the day it’s human interaction. I’m not going to go above and beyond just because you have 15,000 runs. They don’t see it that way, but I do,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the website.
Kohli is ‘easily’ the best ODI player, but New Zealand shouldn’t get caught up in him, Ross Taylor has said: “You’ve got two pretty good openers before he gets in.” #NZvIND
— ICC (@ICC) January 21, 2019
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2019
There are speculations that it was one out of former World Cup-winning Australian captains in Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, who asked the Indian captain for an interview.
A source in Australia revealed that Waugh’s manager asked an influential Indian if an interview with Kohli can be organized. Waugh might not be holding any media contracts in Australia currently but it is supposed that he wanted to do something for Cricket Australia if the interview had materialized.
(Mumbai Mirror inputs)