Interview of Cricket Fans – 103 – VIRAT KOHLI
J – Thank you for your participation in this interview, tell us your early memories of watching Virat Kohli play.
His win as a captain in the U19 world cup made me follow his journey. Him joining RCB through the draft system was just a bonus point. My first instance watching him live on TV was IPL’s iconic first match in 2008 against KKR, where he just scored 1 run.
J – What is the positive impact of this sport in your life?
Every sport teaches us something to adopt in life. The same way I learnt lots of things in my life from this sport. We all feel low, down when things aren’t going in our way professionally and personally. But keeping the hopes alive, positive and waiting for the right time with patience is what I learnt from these players. (I am still trying to learn more from them).
J – Which innings of Virat Kohli would you have liked him to perform in the past?
Difficult to say. But his Hobart innings where he scored 133. I wish someone could have played similar innings in 2003 World Cup final. That final hurts.
J – How important is Virat Kohli in Indian Cricket right now?
Very much. He has become the selling point for both BCCI and World Cricket (which I feel brings positive and negative impact equally). Also his work ethic, fitness regime, etc has inspired many young budding cricketers.
J – Do you feel his aggression has gone down in the past year or so?
Of course, with age and responsibility, he has toned down a lot which is obvious. He has evolved as a cricketer and person in past few years.
J – Tell us why Kohli deserves to be the captain of the ICC Test Team of the Decade.
As a leader and captain, he has changed the way India approaches Test matches. The way he changed the fitness culture, the way he backs his pace bowlers and also we have now started believing that we can win overseas Test series because of this new approach. Ignore the win % of India under him, but his impact on world Test Cricket and Indian Test Cricket is huge. He truly deserves to be selected as captain of ICC Test Team of the Decade.
J – And he is also termed as ICC Cricketer of the decade along with ICC ODI cricketer of the decade, your thoughts?
Well deserved, This guy has over 12k runs at 59 average in the last decade. He has average of 50+ in every format with many impactful innings in every format. Its proud moment for us that we have such player who rightly deserved these awards.
J – If Virat Kohli played in the Tendulkar era, which bowler, according to you, would trouble him and which bowlers would he find it easy to toy?
Tough to answer. But I feel Wasim Akram was that one bowler who could have troubled Virat with his left-arm angle. Also, Shoaib Akthar is that one bowler Virat would find it easy to face since he has no issues with pace.
Your all-time XI?
My all-time Indian ODI XI would be Rohit, Sachin, Virat, Saurav, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ajay Jadeja, Kapil Dev, Kumble, Srinath, Zaheer.
Test XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid (WK), Sachin, Virat, Laxman, Kapil Dev, Ashwin, Kumble, Srinath, Zaheer.
I have purposely not included present-day bowlers because I believe they are going to achieve more in the coming days.