Virat Kohli a bit too emotional sometimes but that’s the part of his charm: Shane Warne

Virat Kohli is widely regarded as the best batsman of his generation. The amount of runs that Kohli has scored in the past 3-4 years has been phenomenal. His average in the One Day Internationals (ODI) is more than 95 since the start of 2016 while he has continuously been the top-scorer in Test matches during that period. His record as the captain of the Indian Team is also spectacular, with him winning 9 ODI series since the Champions Trophy out of 10.
He even created history by becoming the first Indian captain to win a Test series and a bilateral ODI series in Australia. However, there have been many detractors to Virat’s antics on the field. The Indian skipper is sometimes criticised for his overly aggressive attitude on the field but his accolades with the bat overshadow everything.
On the other hand, there are many who appreciate his honest behaviour and how he wears his heart on his sleeve. One of his many fans is former Australian great Shane Warne. In an interview with the Times of India, Warne admitted that he loves watching him bat and is a big fan of Kohli.
“He’s fantastic. I love watching him bat and I love listening to him. I am a big fan,” said Warne.
Warne went on to say he also loves the fact that Kohli always stands up for his beliefs and gives an honest take on all issues.
“You know what he does? He stands up for what he believes in. He speaks how he feels and he’s real. He’s emotional, a bit too emotional sometimes on the field. But that’s the part of the charm.”
The Australian crowd has a love-hate relationship with Kohli. He has been roundly booed by the crowd during India’s matches in Australia. There have been moments when things have gotten out of hand for India but Kohli has continued to garner runs Down Under. Warne also says this is the reason why everyone loves Kohli, as they can see a competitive edge in him.
“I think world cricket loves him. Everyone loves Virat Kohli because it’s refreshing to hearing him talk so honestly and openly. He loves confrontation. That’s why he has those 100s in chases. How many, 23, 24? The next best is how much? I can’t remember who’s second. That’s something inbuilt into you. That’s not skill or talent. He’s got a lot of that. That is just pure competitiveness and pure desire – to get the job done.”
Kohli is bound to break a lot of records in his career. He has already slammed an incredible 64 international hundreds in 77 Tests and 222 ODI appearances for India and now stands just 37 short of overhauling Sachin’s record of 100. But with the rate at which he is going currently, Virat could soon be reaching that landmark.