Virat Kohli: That’s a controversial one, Cheteshwar Pujara and I’ll tell you a story about it
Virat Kohli’s running between the wickets is one of the best in the world due to his remarkable fitness, recently in a chat, which had his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers too, he was asked a tricky question.
Virat Kohli’s mystery extends beyond the mere quantity of runs he has scored. It is also about the intensity that the former Indian cricket team captain shows on the field. Apart from having an eye to find regular gaps between fielders, Kohli’s rapid singles highlight his game.
Kohli’s running between the wickets is one of the best in the world due to his remarkable fitness. Recently in a chat, which had his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers too, he was asked a tricky question.
“Who’s the worst runner that you have ever run with between the wickets?”the interviewer asked Kohli on the Three Sixty YouTube channel.
“That’s a controversial one. Cheteshwar Pujara. I’ll tell you a story about it,”Kohli said with a big smile. The answer saw de Villiers break into laughter too.
Then Kohli narrated a story.
“It was the Centurion Test match on the Tour of 2018, and I remember the first innings, I walked into the dugout because the stairs are never-ending. As soon as I sat on the seat, I heard a celebration. I saw replays on the big screen, Pujara plays the first ball to wide mid-on and he runs, I think it was Lungi (Ngidi), who picks up the ball and runs him out. First innings, no worries,”Virat Kohli said.
“The second innings Parthiv Patel plays a ball, wide of gully. AB is running behind the ball. After AB has picked up the ball, Pujara called for the third run. On his call, running to the dangerous end, when they showed the replays there was no one on the screen. Quinie just took the bails off, there was no one there. I was like, ‘You were run out in the first innings. How can you be so brave to take on the quickest man on the field and then not be seen on the screen while being run out? That’s the worst call I have seen in my life.”