Bowlers Should Not Mess With Virat Kohli: Rashid Latif
Virat Kohli is an aggressive player who never fears to face strong bowling line ups. The Indian captain is famous for his attitude and energy he brings in the game. Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif, recently, expressed that it is not good to provoke Kohli because it might backfire opposition. He also cites two examples of the same.
In a YouTube video, Latif reminded the Test series between India and Australia in 2014. MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in between this series, and Virat Kohli was named stand-in captain for the team.
Latif recalled that in that series Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson had passed some words to each other. It fired up Kohli which went on to hit two tons.
“In the 2014 series, when Dhoni retired after two Tests. Then there was one Test, in which Virat Kolhi scored two tons in each innings (Actually, Kohli had scored a ton in first innings of 3rd Test at MCG, and in 1st innings of 4th Test at SCG. He scored an unbeaten 76 in the 2nd innings at SCG). In that match, Mitchell Johnson stepped up to Kohli, and dono ke beech theek thaak gaaliyaa chal ri tha. Watch that clip, and you will see Kohli’s reaction was not defensive,” he said.
“There are some players you don’t mess with. We had Javed bhai, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar. Today, Virat Kohli is one such player,” he added.
Further in video, Latif also mentioned the incident between Indian captain and West Indies pacer Kesrick Williams during the T20I series at home. Kohli had copied “notebook celebrations” after hitting Williams for a six.
“Recently, in a T20I match against West Indies, a left-arm pacer (actually, it was a right-arm pacer Kesrick Williams) said some words to him. Even though Kohli does not score too many runs in T20Is, but he went on to play a great innings in that match. There are certain players you don’t mess with during a match,” Latif said.
The aggressive player is always pumped up in the field. His ambitions to win every game has changed the scenario of the Indian team.
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