The backbone of the current Indian national team, Virat Kohli is in the form of his life at the moment.
Every time he comes out to bat, he looks like he will score a century and the recent innings where he sent the Gujarat Lions packing with a record-breaking partnership with AB de Villiers just showed the amount of confidence he has at the moment.
Speaking to the official site of the Indian Premier League, Kohli opened up about a lot of things in the current IPL.
He spoke about his relationship with his partner-in-crime AB de Villiers and felt that being food friends of the field and having a similar mindset on it has helped the duo shine in the current season of the competition.
“We know what to do at what stage of the game, how to run hard, which fielder to target, etc. We understand each other so well because we are really good friends off the field,” Kohli said talking about his understanding with the South African batsman.
And it is a pleasure to bat with AB. The kind of shots he plays, you feel embarrassed,” he added.
The 27-year old has now scored 677 runs in 11 matches at a staggering average of over 75. On his way, he has scored three centuries to become the first player to do so and said that he himself was surprised at achieving the feat.
“I have surprised myself a little bit here, to be honest. All the three centuries, I really didn’t think I’d get there when I was batting,” he said.
He added that if the centuries come in winning causes, they become sweeter.
When you keep the team’s goal in front of you, you end up achieving your milestones along the way. That feels sweeter,” he added.
The classy batsman also revealed his mindset during the crunch games.
He explained that he does not mind wasting a few deliveries to get used to the conditions and said that he has enough confidence in himself to cover lost ground if any in the beginning.
“I don’t mind playing run-a-ball for the first 20-25 balls because I know that I can get 40-45 runs in the next 15 balls. Nowadays I back myself to do that,” the 27-year old who is brimming with confidence said.
In recent times, Kohli has gone on to be known as one of the best chasers in the game and the stylish batsman revealed what goes on in his mind in pressure situations.
“I forget how much I have scored or how I am batting. All I think about is how many runs and balls are left, which bowlers to target, where the gaps are, where and when do I get the boundaries, etc,” he revealed, giving young cricketers around the world a peek into his mindset.
To round off, Kohli was asked about the secret of his consistency.
‘Eat, sleep, train… repeat,” he said with a grin on his face.
He went on to explain that it was important to follow a routine in training and that hard work is what got him to where he is at the moment.
“If you want to be consistent, you need to be boring with your training, your food and your batting habits,” he added.
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