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Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are fierce competitors when in the middle but off-field, they are easy-going. The Indian captain has never shied to accept this fact. In the last T20I series between New Zealand and India, they won the hearts of almost each and every cricket fan by sitting together outside the boundary and chatting to each other. In the recent interaction, the Kiwi skipper has also expressed that he is also fond of Virat’s company.
Virat and Kane have played against each other since the U-19 days. The duo was a part of their respective squads in the 2008 U19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur where India came out victorious, beating South Africa in the final. Kane Williamson has said that they are fortunate to play against each other from a young age and till now.
“Yes, we are fortunate to play against each other. It has been great to meet at a young age and follow his (Kohli’s) progress as well as his journey,” Williamson was quoted as saying on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“It’s been interesting, we’ve had to play against each other for a long period of time,” he added.
The self-effacing player, however, acknowledged that they are two different personalities when in the field but share common thoughts and views on the game.
“But actually, probably over the last few years we just shared our views on the game, some honest thoughts and found some common grounds despite, perhaps, playing the game little bit differently in terms of physically and may be our on-field characters I suppose,” Williamson added.
Virat Kohli has an aggressive approach towards the game. On the other hand, the Black Caps‘ player is admired for his patience and calmness. The star batsmen are counted among the best players in the modern era.