IPL and ICC tournaments through the eyes of Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli has heaped praise on the most popular franchise league in the world, Indian Premier League (IPL). He has tried to find out why IPL is rated so highly. He said it’s more popular because of creating a new atmosphere than the other leagues around the world.
After the departure of Sachin Tendulkar from the international stage, Virat Kohli has ensured that he carries forward the legacy of the Indian cricket. The current Indian skipper has brought a new charm in all formats of the game. He has proved his mettle and emerged as one of the best in the world cricket. Not only with his batting credentials, the right-hander has gained accolades for his great captaincy.
The Indian skipper has so far lived up to everyone’s expectations and has steered the Men in Blue to many memorable victories. For his wonderful batting performances and massive fan-following across the globe, ‘Captain Kohli’ is often termed as the ‘Poster Boy’ of Indian cricket.
Soon After making his international debut in 2008, there was no looking back the poster boy. He won two ICC titles under MS Dhoni. It was first when India clinched the 2011 World Cup and 2013 ICC Championshi Trophy tournament. However, he hasn’t been successful yet to steer India to a major ICC Cup as a captain. If talking about IPL, Kohli has scored 5412 runs, which is the highest for any Indian.
During a live session, Kohli revealed what is the major difference in playing ICC tournaments and in the IPL.
Kohli said on Star Sports Cricket,
“You do play all your tournaments, which is one team versus another, ICC tournaments come every now and then, but even in ICC tournaments, you don’t really interact with the other team players or you see the other teams so often every now and then.”
Kohli also opined that the tournament establishes a connection between the players from domestic and foreign countries. The IPL also connects players and fans, all over the world says Kohli.
“But in the IPL, you are just probably meeting another team every second or third day and that’s the beauty of the IPL, you are playing in a different ‘mahol’ (atmosphere).”
“I absolutely love that tournament and also for the camaraderie which you share with so many new players that you play with, so many players that you have known for a long time now, not from your own country, those who you don’t see often, and there is one reason why everyone loves the IPL too, there is a connect, of players and fans and of viewers,” said the Indian skipper.