Indian Skipper Virat Kohli Thought His Career Was Over After Pakistan Match In 2009
Indian captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best player of this era. He is already among the best batsmen of all time. However, things were tough when Virat Kohli was playing in his initial years.
He used to show flashes of brilliance but eventually it took sometime before the maturity came into his game play. During these tough moments, then captain MS Dhoni backed Virat Kohli. And Kohli had always thanked MS Dhoni for his trust.
Ahead of India vs Pakistan on Sunday, Virat Kohli revealed that his career was finished after the game against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2009 Champions Trophy. Virat Kohli was dismissed playing a rash shot in the middle order after coming in on as a replacement to injured Yuvraj Singh.
Then young Virat Kohli had to fill the big shoes of Yuvraj Singh. However, after getting a start of 16 runs in just 23 balls, Virat Kohli was dismissed by Shahid Afridi. Recollecting the incident, Kohli revealed he felt his career was over back then.
“Tense was Champions Trophy 2009 where Yuvi fractured a finger and I was flown in and in two days time I was playing against Pakistan at Centurion. I hadn’t experienced anything like that before.
“And I played a very bad shot. I couldn’t sleep till 6 in the morning, I kept looking at the ceiling thinking that’s it. I am finished. That was the most tensed moment I have experienced,” Kohli said before India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 match.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is an important player for India against Pakistan on Sunday.
Slowly but surely Virat Kohli’s game improved courtesy of his extreme hard work. His desire to win and become the best had seen him put some incredible hard steps. He is now among the most fit players in the world and also the best batsman in the world by a very big margin.
Apart from captaining the side, Virat Kohli will also have huge responsibility with the bat in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan.
India vs Pakistan has always been a tense affair for the players. Both sets of fans hope to see their players giving their best shot. But there are also some funny moments that take place during the games between the arch rivals.
Virat Kohli revealed that he found the incident between Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz funny during 2011 world cup. But Kohli did not reveal any details about the incident to the media in his interaction.
“There have been many funny moments over the years. I can’t explain the incident properly, it happened during the World Cup 2011. In Mohali, there was a little incident which I saw from the opposition’s side which I elaborate here. The incident involved Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz. It was very funny in that pressure situation,” Kohli said.
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