India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli reveals the biggest secret of his life to the Australian superstar, Steve Smith
India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli and Steve Smith sat on a table, had a long conversation with each other, discussed a list of topics and told each other about their struggles before and after joining cricket.
Ahead of first day/night Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and the Australian star, Steve Smith sat on a table and talked about an array of topics including; their love for cricket, their main struggle in the cricketing career and their most important cricket memory etc.
Kohli and Smith, both were part of the U-19 WC, 2008 in Malaysia. The India skipper led his team the title after beating South Africa in final. The all format superstar, Steve Smith asked him if that was the moment when he understood that cricket is going to be his career or he was aware of it before.
“I always knew that I wanted to play the game at the highest level and the time that I thought that I am going to make this a career is when my father passed away. And that’s the time I realised that I have got to get serious about this and make it a proper commitment,”said Kohli in a TV show at BCCI.
‘What the hell is going on’
“My focus cannot shift and I just became single-minded from then on and kept my focus on playing for India and play for a long time. I didn’t even think that I am going to get dropped from the team or anything like that. It was a pure motivation and the will to move forward,”he added.
During their random conversation at the table on a TV show, Smith and Kohli also recalled their memories of 2014-15 series when both of them scored four centuries each. Smith also asked Kohli about his solo performance in that series and he also asked him to shed light on the feeling when you are in fine form when you know that you are not going to get out.
“It’s funny because I visualised for two months and then we prepared so much to play the first Test and then I walk in I think four balls before lunch and Mitchell Johnson hit the first ball on the head. And I just stood there thinking I have prepared for two-and-a-half months and what the hell is going on. But then you either go fight or flight and I just told myself that I am going to start taking him on now because he was probably in his best bowling form.
“I made a decision there that I am going to be positive and take the game forward and see what happens,”Kohli replied to Smith of his memories from series 2014-15.
Two out of his four centuries were scored at Adelaide in that series and this is the same venue where both the teams are playing the First day/night series opener Test. It is expected from King Kohli that he will perform with the same passion and class before heading back to home for paternity leave. No doubt, his absence will have some impact on the Indian team.