Virat Kohli likes to wear his heart on his sleeves and shows his passion for the game through his aggression. In a recent interview, Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan narrated how and why Virat Kohli abused the person sitting next to him. The incident took place when Mohammad Irfan toured India for the first time.
Irfan is a 7’1 inch tall fast bowler. Indian players were initially told that Mohammad Irfan is a medium pacer and bowls at 130-135 kmph. However, Virat Kohli was startled to see the fast bowler hitting the 145 kmph mark consistently, and asked if the speed gun was working fine. Kohli also asked the coach if the information they received was wrong. Irfan also claimed that Kohli himself narrated him the entire incident as the India captain also went on to abuse the person sitting next to him for saying ‘what sort of medium pacer is he’.
“When I toured India for the first time, the Indian players were telling me that their coaches and support staff had told them that I bowl only at 130-135 kph and not at much speed. Even Virat Kohli told me that the coaches next to him had said to him that I bowl at 130-135 kph only,” Irfan said during an interaction with Sawera Pasha on YouTube show ‘CricCast’.
“It’s just that I am tall and will get some bounce but he will survive easily. So when he was sitting with his pads on, he saw that I delivered the first ball at 145-146 kph. So he thought there might be some issue with the speed gun. And then I bowled at 147 kph, so he told me that he asked his coach if he was telling a lie or there was some issue with the speed gun.”
“Virat Kohli told this to me face to face. And when I bowled the next one at 148 kph, he told me that he abused the person next to him asking what sort of medium fast bowler I was, as I was bowling at 150 kph,” he added.
Irfan has picked up 83 wickets in the ODIs at an average over 30. He has featured across format for Pakistan but still to cement his spot.
Kohli, on the other hand, will be next seen in action during the IPL 2020.