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Virat Kohli thanks Anushka Sharma for making him a more ‘sensible’ person

Virat Kohli attributed his entire change in attitude - from being a brash young man to maturing over the years - to his girlfriend Anushka Sharma

india-vs-new-zealand-2017 Updated: Nov 04, 2017 19:09 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli recently spoke in-depth about his relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.
Virat Kohli recently spoke in-depth about his relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. (PTI)

Virat Kohli, after his 2008 debut, was labelled brash, “spoilt-brat”, hot-tempered and the like apart from getting plaudits for his batting. Getting back at opponents and having a go at everything had sort of taken the attention off his brilliance with the blade.

However, after 200 ODIs to his name and earning another 60 caps in the Test format, his aggression seems to have gotten channelled in the right direction over the years.

In a freewheeling chat with Gaurav Kapur in the show Breakfast with Champions, the skipper attributed the change to his girlfriend Anushka Sharma.

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The Bollywood actress has often been slammed over Virat Kohli’s form in the recent past but the Indian cricket team captain never shied away from defending the role she has had in his life.

“I must thank the lady luck. You have seen me; you know I had no sense before,” he told Kapur, before adding, “Ever since the lady has come into my life, she’s taught me a lot of things.

“I’ve learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last 4 years all because of her. She’s taught me how to be more patient and taught me how to utilise the position you are into the fullest.”

Kohli admitted that while the change has been gradual, he has never forced himself to change. Recalling his lean period with the bat during the England tour of 2014, Kohli said it was Anushka who never let his motivation levels go down.

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“I have never tried to be someone else. But the flip has been because of her. In England in 2014, Anushka was there in my life, she understood what I was going through so she kept me motivated,” he said.

“Her support helped me push through, however bad it was for me. She was a constant in that time. Then Australia happened and I ended up scoring runs, in her presence.

“So it was a special thing for both of us because she had also faced so much flak. We were being criticised and people were saying this is what happens when you allow girlfriends on the tour.”

However, Kohli knew the perfect person to discuss his relationship plans with. “A very big reason behind me not hiding my relationship is Zaheer Khan.

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“Luckily he was one of the first guys I spoke to about this and he said whatever you do don’t try to hide it because you’ll stress yourself. And on top of that, you’re in a relationship; you’re not doing anything wrong.”

“I’m actually very grateful that my first interaction about this was with Zak. And he told me the right thing to do so I’ve followed it ever since. I mean we don’t go out there and be madly vocal about it on social media but yeah, we don’t hide it.”