With Virat Kohli leading India to the final of his very first ICC event as captain, South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers labelled Kohli as “the outstanding cricketer in the world”. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ কোহলির উদ্ভট উদযাপন নিয়ে মুখ খুললেন ভিলিয়ার্স]
de Villiers also characterised Kohli, who struck an unbeaten 76 in last Sunday’s eight-wicket win over South Africa, as “being a consummate surgeon at the crease”.
“He has been blessed with wonderful natural talent but, as ever among high achievers, his talent is underpinned by a willingness to work hard,” wrote de Villiers in his column for the BBC on Saturday.
“Beyond the golden talent and the iron determination, Virat has learned how to cope with the pressures of his exalted position.
“If you drive into almost any city in India, you will see his face appear on every other billboard.
“Being the most marketable and possibly the most popular personality in a nation of 1.3bn people brings its own pressures: he simply cannot move without being begged for a ‘selfie’ and his every move, word and even gesture is relentlessly reported in print, electronic and social media,” added de Villiers.
Kohli was highly criticised for his tongue-out celebration after getting a wicket in the match against Bangladesh in Champions Trophy semifinal, but the Proteas skipper believes Kohli has learned to live with this realities.
“Twitter whirred when he stuck out his tongue to celebrate a wicket against Bangladesh. Virat has learned to live with these realities,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.ocm