Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), unlike the previous season, displayed tremendous grit and determination – to remain alive until the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Skipper Virat Kohli, yet again, has been responsible for lifting his team to fight for the final spot in the playoffs with two games in hand.
Teammate Moeen Ali registered his views on the highly talked-about Kohli stint at Surrey ahead of the England tour. Ali warned the other big fishes at Surrey – to beware of the ‘Big Dog’ about to set foot on the Kia Oval turf.
“I know a few of the Surrey guys and they are not what people make them out to be a lot of the time. But if anyone in that dressing room does think they are a big dog, they will need to sit down for a little while because there is a proper big dog coming,” Ali told The Guardian.
Much like his overseas teammates at RCB, the English all-rounder reckons one needs to time to truly understand the nature of Kohli, who carries a different personality whilst at the opposition camp.
“You see him on the field and people might think he’s arrogant but it is the complete opposite. He’s so humble it is almost weird how nice he is,” mentioned Ali.
Ali cites out that being the biggest name of the country, there is no trace of arrogance in his personality.
Additionally, England all format cricketer Moeen Ali revealed that Kohli looks after his teammate very well.
“He’s the biggest name in India but will ring me to check I’m OK or ask if I fancy lunch. Sometimes a player will invite the squad to their house for a meal and it would be easy for him to say no. But he would always go. I can say with certainty that anyone who has a bad word doesn’t know the guy,” concluded Ali.
Virat Kohli is very down to earth, suggests Chris Woakes:
Even fellow England teammate Chris Woakes lavished praises on his RCB skipper, adding that Kohli is very ‘down to earth’.
“You have your perceptions of someone like Virat, who is quite passionate, emotional, in your face and plays it hard. But off the field, he’s very calm and you can chat about anything. He’s very down to earth and for someone who has such huge pressures and public focus in India, to see him go about his business in this way quite refreshing,” Woakes asserted.