India vs New Zealand 2019: ‘Booing Doesn’t Impact me Anymore’ – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is an aggressive character on the field, the world knows by now. The Indian captain has a loud expression to share; be it after scoring a hundred or collecting a catch. Meanwhile, ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier, Virat addressed the matter in the pre-match conference. Skipper said such booings did bother him a few years back, but since he has gained maturity; it doesn’t impact him anymore.
I have a greater responsibility, and I understand that – Virat
With age, comes responsibility and thus maturity. The India National Cricket Team captain acknowledged the fact; and said during the Australia tour in 2014/15, it all had begun. Virat added he used to feed off those things, as he needed to boost himself, but now since he’s the captain he is barely concerned about it.
“Well, that used to happen in the middle phase of my career. It all started in 2014-15 series (in Australia). So I used to feed off those things then as I needed to boost myself up but now being the captain of the team, I really don’t need to focus on those things,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.
Knowing his role in the team, Virat says he is committed to doing his job irrespective of the crowd in the stadium. He added if there is only person or 50,000, it doesn’t impact his conduct in the field. Even in the Australia series, the ranked number one batsman in the world got booed. During the Perth Test, when he walked down to bat, the crowd began booing him. Concluding the topic, Virat Kohli said when he walks out to bat, he forgets everything, and just focus on his game.
“I have a greater responsibility which I understand as it’s an honour to play for the country. I necessarily don’t need the crowd to be on my side or against my side as I have to go out there and do my responsibilities whether there are 1 person or 50,000 people inside the ground, I will have to do my job.
“That’s the mindset that I have been in in the last two or three years. All these things are not what I think about when I go out there to bat,” the India skipper said.
I always love coming to New Zealand – Virat
After winning the Australia ODIs, India is now in New Zealand for five ODIs an three T20Is. As both the teams gear up for the first One-Dayer, Virat said he always loves coming to this part of the world. Appreciating the crowd and the way they conduct themselves, Kohli opined the clashes against the Kiwis are light-hearted.
“New Zealand is always great place to play cricket. They enjoy and play quality cricket. They support good sportsmanship and good cricket. “I think from that point of view I really enjoyed being here and how the crowd reacts to me or as a team is not what we think about as a side. We purely have to do our responsibilities on the field,” Kohli said.
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