“He's very down-to-earth and strong-willed,” says Sarandeep Singh about Virat Kohli’s attitude in selection meetings

Virat Kohli became India's all-format captain in 2017.

Virat Kohli with BCCI selectors Sarandeep Singh and MSK Prasad Former India player and selector Sarandeep Singh opened up about the Indian captain Virat Kohli and his attitude and manners during the selection meetings. The former selector stated that the Indian skipper is very easy to work with, and always takes into consideration the opinions of those around him.

Sarandeep was in conversation with Sportskeeda.com's Indranil Basu and quashed the rumors that the current Indian team is mostly chosen by Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri with the actual selection panel not having much of a say.

"Whenever Virat comes, team meetings used to go on for 1, 1.5 hours. Virat is a good listener. I don't know what people think about him. If you see him in the matches, he's always charged up while batting and fielding. So it seems like he's always hot and arrogant, and doesn't listen to anyone.

But no, he's as down-to-earth as he seems aggressive on the field. In selection meetings, he was so polite. He always used to listen to everyone and then finally come to a decision,” Sarandeep Singh said.

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Singh further shed light on Kohli’s humble nature saying that when you visit his house, there is no house help hired by him and he and his wife serve everything and Virat take time to give you attention.

"At his home, there are no servants. He and his wife will serve food to everyone. What else do you want? Virat always sits with you, chats with you, and goes out for dinner with you. All the other players have so much respect for him. He's very down-to-earth and strong-willed,” he said.

The 41-year-old added that Virat Kohli seems like an intense person while playing cricket because of the weight of expectations on him, but is a completely different character off the field.


By Jatin Sharma - 21 Feb, 2021

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