Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes gave an insight about their RCB Captain Virat Kohli, with Moeen hailing Kohli as a ‘proper big dog’.
Virat Kohli carries the image of a very brash character in the cricketing fraternity. Many regard Kohli’s persona as hyper and a little too much ‘in your face’. However, English all-rounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali who are currently part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise led by Kohli in the IPL, reveal a different side of the Indian Captain in a recent interview to The Guardian.
“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,” says Moeen, sporting a cheeky smile.
The two English cricketers believe that Kohli is originally a much better human being as opposed to his outlandish image. While extending Moeen’s point further, team mate Chris Woakes says, “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.”
Recently, AB de Villiers too said on-record that he had a tough time explaining his South African team mates that Kohli is a genuinely nice person. Speaking about the same, Moeen emphasizes on Kohli’s human qualities.
“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. 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,” said the English all-rounder.
After the IPL, Kohli will be seen in action for Surrey CC in the lead up to India’s tour of England.
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