Virat Kohli Exclusive: Indian Captain Tells Dinesh Karthik About Captain Job, Will To Win And Fitness | Cricket News


Indian captain Virat Kohli talks about his passionate personality on the pitch in an exclusive interview with Dinesh Karthik of Sky Sports.

Indian captain Virat Kohli talks about his passionate personality on the pitch in an exclusive interview with Dinesh Karthik of Sky Sports.

In an exclusive interview with Dinesh Karthik of Sky Sports ahead of India’s test series in England, captain Virat Kohli talks about his cricket mindset, discussing his fiery attitude on the pitch, his process of thinking batting, his dedication to fitness, leadership, social media and more. Here is Kohli in his own words …

KOHLI ON THE FEISTINES

“For me, a game of cricket is about making your team win. I can really enjoy the process of hitting the net, smiling and having fun, but when you’re serious you are serious.

“In life, I don’t have to compete with anyone. I don’t have to be fiery or aggressive. But when I get on the pitch I’m going to give 120% every game I play and nobody can count against that. I’m going to play that way and that’s who I am.

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“I’m not going to sit around wanting people to do something that I can’t do first. Each ball is an event and I will be throwing around each ball for the entire test match, even if it’s in the 90th after the fifth day.

“Every moment is an opportunity to make your team win and that is exactly why you are entering the field. You have to make this time count. Our careers are so short anyway, even though you’ve been playing for 20 years. When you are on the estate, you absolutely benefit from it.

“I like to let things flow. I’m not necessarily looking to put filters or restrictions because I feel like I have to be myself, my organic self. If you don’t like it that’s fine but will it make me change? Not at all. « 

KOHLI ON THE ESSENTIAL

My dad said, « I’m not going to pay a dime to play him, if he can play with his talent, then fine, if not, it’s not for him. » It stuck with me for life. I have always relied on myself and what I can do as an individual first. When my back is against the wall there is only one way for me and that is forward and I will do everything in my power to clear my way again.

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“When I step on the pitch I have to believe I’m the best. I won’t let anyone think I’m a cinch on the pitch. It’s not to disrespect anyone, it’s to believe in my own abilities.

“Alright, you’ve got the ball in your hand, but if you’re wrong you know you’re going to run. If you take me out and cast a big spell, hats off to you. But next time I’ll be here again, so be sure to bring your A game. It’s the mindset at this level.

“If you show vulnerabilities or fears, they will eat you up. I must be as fearless as possible. If I go, I want to go out on my terms. I might as well make a stupid mistake and know that is what I need to correct.

“I’m not going out there to prove someone wrong, but I put myself in a position where I want to do special things and win special series. If 50,000 people in a stadium feel like it can’t be done, I will challenge myself to say it can.

“I’ve seen it a number of times where my belief in how I see the situation has been far more powerful than the doubts of thousands of people in one place. In any situation, I believe I can do it.

KOHLI ON FITNESS

Kohli praises Cristiano Ronaldo's discipline and longevity as he revel in the reasons he admires the Juventus and Portugal forward
Kohli praises Cristiano Ronaldo’s discipline and longevity as he revel in the reasons he admires the Juventus and Portugal forward

Kohli praises Cristiano Ronaldo’s discipline and longevity as he revel in the reasons he admires the Juventus and Portugal forward

« It happened in 2012. I thought ‘this IPL, I’m going to dominate everyone », but the IPL started and a few games didn’t work out for me.

“My state of mind fell completely at the other end. I ate whatever was in sight. I ate horribly, I slept horribly, my habits were everywhere.

“When I finished IPL I went home, got out of the shower on the first day, saw myself in the mirror and felt ashamed. It was like looking at another human being.

“I was like ‘if you want to play cricket at the highest level, this is not how you can handle it.’ The very next day, I changed everything in my diet and in the way I trained. From there it was an obsession. « 

KOHLI ON THE CONDUCT OF THE CULTURE OF INDIA

Kohli says India has to show relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day to win England this summer
Kohli says India has to show relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day to win England this summer

Kohli says India has to show relentless madness and pursuit of excellence every day to win England this summer

“I achieved what I wanted as a leader, which is to create a culture where people strive for excellence every day. At every workout nobody wastes their time and that is so important to me.

“I would rather have an hour of quality training rather than prowl for two hours fooling around for an hour in between. I don’t see anyone doing that anymore.

“It’s absolutely precise, absolutely professional. You know if you want to play for India you have to be in good shape.

“After MS Dhoni left, cricket evolved – the pace of the game started to pick up a notch and we evolved over time. The results of the last five or six years are there for everyone. We are probably the only team in world cricket everyone is wary of when we travel. « 

Walking down the streets (in England) is relaxing, that is the reality of our home life. I can’t complain about anything in life but thinking of walking down the streets in India is not even a dream for us. We are all human beings and we just want a little normalcy every now and then and to relax.

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KOHLI ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“I know for a fact that people are affected by it, they take it very, very seriously, but to me it’s just noise.

« These are letters someone typed in a comments section, so why should anyone bother anyone? » Why give so much importance to someone you have no idea who they are? Stay true to who you are and realize your own potential.

“Use social media for the right reasons and don’t let it control you. You control how much you want to watch them. If you’ve posted stuff, you don’t need to worry if a thousand people are abusing you. in line

“I was booed by 40 to 50,000 people regularly when I entered the stadium. If I start to focus on this, I can’t play ball. This is the opportunity for me to say ‘things are against me, test myself how good I am’. I think the same can be applied when it comes to social media.  »

KOHLI IN MIND AS CAPTAIN

Kohli says players are responsible for ensuring the survival of test cricket in the future
Kohli says players are responsible for ensuring the survival of test cricket in the future

Kohli says players are responsible for ensuring the survival of test cricket in the future

“Everything I have done since joining the Indian team has always been for the Indian team. How can I improve this environment in which I am a part?

“I don’t want our players to waste the months and years I wasted trying to figure things out. I have found the formula for success and I want these guys to find out about it early on so that the transition with Indian cricket can be very smooth. He shouldn’t take the youngsters two or three years after the seniors left to rebuild a squad.

« It doesn’t matter if a guy that shows up at the bowling alley has 140 test games and you have four, if you have more confidence in yourself than him the day you can beat him. » That’s what I tried to instill.

“Don’t be fooled by these standards of playing 30 or 40 Test Matches – because even after 80 or 90 Tests, if you are not in the right frame of mind, the experience counts for nothing and you will. still land the first sliding ball.

“Even in the most difficult times, the mindset is simple. Go ahead and have fun. Take advantage of the moment. Face the fear, look it in the eye and say « I will keep coming to you ».

“This is how I live my life. I never do anything half-and-half or something that I’m not convinced of. « 

Watch the first test between England and India live on Sky Sports The Hundred and Sky Sports Main Event from 10am Wednesday.

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