Sometimes I go into a state where I don’t even look at the bowler, says Virat Kohli

Kohli is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of modern era.

Virat Kohli is the numero uno Test and ODI batsman in ICC rankings | Getty

Having made his international debut in an ODI game against Sri Lanka in August 2008, India skipper Virat Kohli has come a long way. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era.

With the experience of 71 Tests, 211 ODIs and 62 T20Is on his side, Kohli recently revealed that at times he doesn’t even see the bowler while batting in the middle.

“Sometimes I go into a state where I don’t even look at the bowler. It’s literally just a ball coming out of, you know you can almost call it a blurred vision. I follow my instinct to a level that I feel like there is no negative streak in my body at all, at that moment,” Kohli quoted in a documentary that aired on ‘Mega Icons’ series on National Geographic.

The Indian captain also went on to say that he became much more focussed on his game after his father’s demise back in 2006.

“It happened in my arms. I think I became much more focussed after that. I lost total desire of wanting to do the other stuff and put all my energy into realizing my dream and my father’s dream as well,” he added.

Virat mentioned that the incident happened in his maiden Ranji Trophy season for Delhi. He had to go out and bat the day after his father passed away.

“It was 3 in the morning, and I was batting overnight. I was 40 not out, and I had to go in the morning and bat the next day because it was a four-day Ranji Trophy cricket. We just couldn’t get help. We tried to get help from the neighbours, whoever we knew was a doctor. It was such a time of the night that no one responded. By the time ambulance and everything came, everything was already gone,” Kohli said.

It is worth mentioning here that Virat Kohli had saved that match for Delhi against Karnataka by scoring 90 runs off 238 balls.


By Salman Anjum - 25 Sep, 2018

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