After a forgettable Indian Premier League both for him as well as his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has hit the racing track at the Buddh International Circuit to relax before the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
The India skipper, who will be leading the Men in Blue in an ICC trophy for the first time, had a poor IPL season as per his standards, as he managed to score only 308 runs at a modest average of 30.80 compared to his tally last season, when he had amassed a staggering 973 runs with the help of record four centuries. His form also affected Royal Challengers’ campaign, as they finished the season at the last position with just three wins out of 14 matches.
But the disastrous season is a thing of the past now and the 28-year old year will be surely looking to concentrate on the all-important Champions Trophy. In the bid to get his mind clear and relaxed before the tournament, the Delhi-born cricketer has hit the road on the fast lane. Arguably the best cricketer in the world right now, the right-handed batsman is no dud with the cars either.
In fact, he is more than a good driver, as he drove his Audi R8 at a mind-boggling speed of 280 km per hour.
The 280 km per hour, meanwhile, is not Kohli’s top-speed, as he revealed that he had once hit the 290 km per hour mark.
“I have done 290 km per hour here once before. But I sort of freak out. I cannot break at the last moment like the professional drivers do,” Kohli was quoted as saying by The Times of India last week.
Kohli is currently spending some quality time with his family in Delhi and is recalling his early days in the capital city.
“I have grown up here, (and) I have played my cricket here. Also, my family is here. So of course, I do have a lot of memories. When I come back, I do relate to all the roads, especially the routes that I used to take in my childhood while travelling for cricket, or otherwise,” he said.
And while he really loves staying in his hometown, he is not too impressed with the ever-increasing traffic in the city.
“The only thing is that the traffic here has become much more hectic over the years,” Kohli said.
“I do like to step out in my car, and just enjoy myself, and listen to good music. I also like to spend a lot of time at home. When I come to Delhi, I am totally at home. I don’t like to step out at all,” he added.
Kohli concluded by urging the people to drive responsibly.
“It’s a very important issue and I have been… urging people to drive safely, and not drinking and driving. They should follow safety rules. It’s quite disappointing to see people not follow rules. It disturbs you as a responsible citizen. Please remember that one mistake can really harm a lot of people,” he said.