Indian skipper Virat Kohli doesn't hold himself back when it comes to giving it back with sledging. The good thing is he has his performance to back the words he utters to upset his opponents.
The great Australian pacer Glenn McGrath compared Virat with the legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara in the on-field verbal war.
“It just depends on how they are going. Brian Lara was very similar. When he was focussed and in the zone and if you said anything to him, that was it...you could lock in, he would score a double hundred. It was just his day. You knew that was going to happen,” McGrath, who is at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai guiding young pacers, told Sportskeeda.
McGrath feels Virat enjoys the banter and that helps him to stay motivated. “So Virat's probably a little bit similar (to Lara). If he is on form and focussed and scoring runs, I think he loves that banter, that challenge, and that aggression there and it gets him going.
“But when you are off your game and you are not performing well and you are down on confidence, it can work against you. So little of bit chat here and there....But if you throw a willy-nilly it could work against you (as bowlers). It’s all part of the game, you have to enjoy it and have a bit of fun. Play hard, tough but fair cricket out there,” he concluded.
Virat has never stood back when coming face-to-face with his opponents. He makes the competition heated which eventually helps him. The 29-year-old uses all these tricks to get under the skin of the opposition. India hardly gets such players who love to reply with the words and hence only a few dares to stare at him.