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Rivals had no fear before 2012: Virat Kohli

PTI
Published Sep 8, 2019, 3:11 am IST
Updated Sep 8, 2019, 3:11 am IST
I wanted that when I walk in, the teams should think that we need to get this guy out or else we will lose the game.
Virat Kohli
 Virat Kohli

New Delhi: Virat Kohli says it was the absence of fear or respect for him in the opposition’s eye that has forced him to change his work ethic and become the “impact player” that he is today.

While most aspects of his life is well-documented, an interview of him with Emmy winning journalist Graham Bensinger is aimed at providing a peek into the life of India’s most popular and active sportsperson to a more global audience.

 

Kohli, who is the world’s premier batsman, spoke about how he worked on his fitness that lifted his game after coming back from the Australian tour in 2012. “(There was a time) When I walked in to bat, there wasn’t any fear or respect in opposition corner,” Kohli said in a sports web-show, In Depth with Graham Bensinger.

“I didn’t want to walk into ground thinking that opposition feels that this guy is a pushover, who is going to do no damage. Just didn’t want to be another player as I wanted to make an impact.

 

“I wanted that when I walk in, the teams should think that we need to get this guy out or else we will lose the game. And if I don't want to be that guy, then there is something wrong in my head,” the Indian captain said.

He spoke about how fitness has become an integral part of his life and how it helped him recover quickly, even as the Indian team crisscrossed the UK during a six-week World Cup campaign. 

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