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Virat Kohli reveals his lack of emotion after 2011 World Cup win – Watch video

Virat Kohli, who appeared in a podcast along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB De Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal, talked about his emotions after winning the 2011 World Cup title

cricket Updated: May 05, 2018 18:37 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli (L) was part of the Indian cricket team which clinched the World Cup title in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Virat Kohli (L) was part of the Indian cricket team which clinched the World Cup title in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.(AFP/Getty Images)
         

The victory in the 2011 ODI World Cup was the most memorable moment for generations of Indian cricketers and fans. The victory brought special joy to the legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was playing his sixth and final World Cup, and skipper MS Dhoni, who scored the winning six to end a 28-year wait for the cricket-crazy nation.

However, for current Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, it was not that emotional a moment. Kohli, who is currently captaining Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), made this revelation while featuring in an All India Bakchod (AIB) video titled ‘Behind The Stumps’. Kohli appeared in the show alongside his RCB teammates AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“I didn’t feel as emotional as other guys because it was my first World Cup. I saw the emotions in the eyes of the guys that hadn’t won it for five World Cups. Sachin hadn’t done it. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh), Zack (Zaheer Khan), everyone was emotional. MS was emotional because he led his idols to World Cup win.

“I didn’t have any of those emotions. I pushed myself to like cry because everyone was crying,” Kohli said while talking to the hosts.

Kohli also spoke about his infamous ‘middle finger’ incident during the tour of Australia in 2011-12. The 29-year-old said the gesture was result of frustration because of his low scores in the series. He also shared how Ishant Sharma came out with the same gesture when bugged by Australian fans during the tour.

“I still remember. It came out of frustration. After that incident, match referee called me and asked what happened. I said nothing. Then he showed me the photograph of my gesture in the newspaper and I said I am sorry.

“After that incident, Australians had cameras everywhere we went. And once someone said something nasty to Ishant, he flicked fingers too,” he said.

Kohli was all praise for his RCB teammate de Villiers and shared an interesting anecdote highlighting the African batsman’s fan following in India.

“There was one game in Mumbai and once de Villiers came out to bat, crowd started chanting ‘AB, AB’. This really irked Rohit, who is from Mumbai. He was like what is this. More than 50 thousand voices were chanting AB’s name that day.”

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Kohli pulled the leg of his India teammate Chahal too recalling a Ranji match where the leggie batted for 76 balls and scored a duck before getting stumped.

“He is the only guy in the Ranji trophy history who faced 76 balls and scored 0 run and then got out stumped.”

AUSTRALIAN MEDIA THE WORST

During the interview, de Villiers dubbed Australian media the worst in the world saying dealing with them is really tough.

“Australian media is the worst in my opinion. The English journalists are also quite bad but they are clever. So they will ask tricky questions. Aussies are straight,” he said.

The three cricketers were also asked to share the names of cricketers whose posters they kept in their rooms while growing up. While Kohli said he had Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s posters in his room, de Villiers and Chahal took the names of Jonty Rhodes and Shane Warne, respectively.

First Published: May 05, 2018 18:30 IST

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