Former England spin spearhead Graeme Swann lavished praise on India skipper Virat Kohli for his exemplary behaviour in the ongoing World Cup. Kohli has led his team from the very front in the tournament and has set examples not only with the bat but also his behaviour. More often than not, Kohli’s behaviour hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons but the ongoing tournament is turning out to be an exception by far.
Kohli received praise from all over the world for his gesture to Steve Smith. When the Indian fans were jeering Smith because of the ball-tampering scandal, Kohli not only urged them to stop but also asked them to clap for the former Australia captain. He then walked off the field against Pakistan without waiting for the umpire’s decision. Replays later showed that he had not even nicked the ball. But it made little difference as India went on to beat Pakistan comfortably.
Graeme Swann is now all praise for the India superstar. The legendary spinner posted a clip on his Twitter account where he spoke about Kohli. He first made it clear that he does not like batsmen who wait for umpire’s decision after nicking a delivery before praising Kohli.
“I’ve always hated non-walkers. I’ve had am argument with every batsmen in the game. If you nick it and you stand there, you know you’ve nicked it. And you know you’re out and if you use the excuse ‘oh I’m letting the umpire decide whether I have or not’, you’re still cheating,” said Graeme Swann.
“You’re cheating yourself more than anything. Virat walked off and it turned out he didn’t even nick it. So he’s that honest. He’s given himself out when he’s even not. Honestly, he is a modern day Jesus,” he added.
Here is the tweet posted by Graeme Swann:
Virat Kohli is my favourite person on the planet at the moment!
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) June 23, 2019