The 2014 England tour was a bad phase for Virat Kohli.
Good bonding is seen between Virat and AB de Villiers.
New Delhi. Former India captain Virat Kohli is currently the world’s top class player. But he has seen many ups and downs in his career. But every time Kohli has given a befitting reply to the critics with his bat. Recently, the run machine ended the drought of centuries after 3 years and forced the trollers to sing their praises. But even before this there was a time in 2014 when Virat had made a big mistake.
The friendship between Virat Kohli and former South African veteran AB de Villiers is well known. Both players have contributed to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a long time in the Indian Premier League. Recalling his past days, the former captain mentioned de Villiers. He told that when he was suffering from a neck injury before the 2018 England tour, due to which he could not participate in county cricket as well. During that time de Villiers encouraged him. This is because the 2014 England tour was an unforgettable tour for Virat. But the run machine gave its answer to England in 2018. At that time Kohli had scored 593 runs in 10 innings which included 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries.
AB said it is not 2014 – Virat Kohli
Virat said on RCB Podcast Season 2, ‘I remember what AB said. I told him that I am feeling a bit upset as I am not able to go and play for the county. He said it is not 2014 and you are not the same player. You’ll be all right. After that I became very calm. Before going to England in 2014, I had a good series at home against New Zealand. I scored a century and a 70. I was high on confidence.
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Kohli told his mistake
The former captain further said, ‘When we went to England in 2014, I felt that I needed to prove myself here, it was quite wrong. Because I went there to prove something that I can play in these conditions. Didn’t go out there to make my team win, that wasn’t my focus. My main aim was to prove that I can play here. I was always under pressure. Once things went back I could not find a way out of it. It was a very bad phase. I won many matches for the team, but people see what is not right.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 26, 2023, 17:13 IST