Virat Kohli has now been all over the talks whether because of his cricketing ascendance or of his controversial issues. We have witnessed a bunch of occasions where he gets entangled in a media contentions. This time the Indian cricketing Wall, Rahul Dravid stepped forth against the Indian skipper Kohli. According to Dravid’s opinion, Kohli sometimes comes across as outrageous. Rahul Dravid while at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday said Virat Kohli’s statements made him cringe at times.
“Virat sometimes comes across as outrageous and I cringe on reading his statements before a series. But if he can bring the best out of himself by needling the opposition, so be it,” Dravid said.
Kohli has been in top form for the last two years. And he also became the first man to score Test double hundreds in four successive series last season. The 28-year-old is also the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year. He has already struck his 32nd hundred last night as India clinched their seventh successive ODI series, trumping New Zealand.
On Sunday, the India skipper also became the fastest batsman to reach 9000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 194 innings, 11 less than AB De Villiers.
However, Dravid did understand sometimes a bit of needling was important in modern-day cricket. There is a high range of competition around the cricketing sphere which sometimes calls for some aggressive stance. And for Kohli, he claimed our skipper a bit pro in this sector but also advised him not to overdo it.
Dravid also called the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift an “unfortunate event” which eventually led to the 47-year-old stepping down as India coach after just one-year in-charge. Kumble quit as India coach two days after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won in England in June. The legendary bowler resigned after his partnership with captain Kohli became untenable.