Virat Kohli says he will walk around without shirt if India wins World Cup 2019

Kohli said it in response of Sourav Ganguly's iconic celebration.

Virat Kohli | AFP

Virat Kohli accepted Sourav Ganguly's words and said he will walk shirtless on Oxford Street if India wins the World Cup 2019. In a recent interview with India Today, Ganguly had said  "HE (Virat) WILL TAKE HIS SHIRT OFF IN OXFORD STREET... We better get our cameras ready. Kohli has his six packs. I won't be surprised if he takes his shirt off."

Kohli responded he will surely do it accompanied with Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah if they win. "I don't think it will only be me. For sure, Hardik will be following me. 120 per cent. Bumrah is there as well because he has six packs too. He is there in the game. There will be a few candidates," Kohli said.

The India skipper said he remembers the famous chase by India in Nat West series 2002 final. Kohli was just 13-years-old. 

"I clearly remember that night. The game started brilliantly. Those totals were very difficult to get. I slept off when we were five down. I went off to sleep. My brother woke me up and he said we were winning. I was like: 'what are you talking about?'"

The target of 325 wasn't an easy task at that time. But Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif had given an outstanding performance under pressure. They had stitched up a 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

After the win, Ganguly had removed his shirt and it became an iconic moment in Indian cricket. Talking about the celebration, Virat said, "You are not worried about being judged. You cannot be a robot. You have to be honest to yourself.

"If you are not yourself, you will sleep with regrets. I am sure that moment was very organic - he did not care whether he was at the Lord's balcony. He could have been anywhere in the world. That was just pure human emotion coming out."

"That moment was organic, that is how he wanted to enjoy himself after the win. It was just pure joy. It is very important to be honest to yourself."

Kohli burst into a laughter when Ganguly said VVS Laxman was trying to stop him from taking his shirt off.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 07 Apr, 2018

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