I still watch Virat Kohli’s videos to improve my batting, says Manjot Kalra
Kalra is a part of the Delhi Capitals team in this edition of the IPL.
Updated - Mar 27, 2019 11:34 am
The 20-year-old left-handed opening batsman from Delhi, Manjot Kalra has said that he still watches the Indian captain Virat Kohli’s videos to improve his batting. Kalra was recruited by the Delhi Daredevils, now Delhi Capitals, ahead of the 2018 season of the IPL. He was bought at his base price, however, Manjot failed to make it to the playing XI in even a single game last season.
But he has been retained by the Delhi-based IPL franchisee for the 12th edition of the marquee league. The young Indian batting sensation caught everyone’s attention and when he scored a magnificent match-winning century for the Indian Under-19 team taking them ICC U19 World Cup title win in 2018. In that tournament, Manjot contributed 252 runs at 84 in five innings.
Therefore, he had already become a familiar name in the cricketing fraternity. To leave a mark in the Shreyas Iyer-led team that comprises of star players like Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma, the left-handed batsman has to up his game.
“I am really excited to share the dressing room with (Shikhar) Dhawan. I have grown up watching him play. I am looking forward to take batting tips from him. I will be playing for the first time with him. I am really excited. We have star players. Our batting is as strong as our bowling. We have a balanced side. I am sure we will win the title this time,” Manjot was quoted as saying by TOI.
Manjot Kalra speaks about the time that gave him goosebumps
Stating his respect for Kohli’s batting, the left-hander said: “I still watch Virat Kohli’s videos to improve my batting. He is an inspiration. I know I am a left-hander but I get to learn a lot from a legend like him [Kohli].”
Kalra scored an incredible 101 out off 102 balls, including eight fours and three sixes, to take the U19 Indian team to a reverberating eight-wicket victory in the final and still is thrilled by the thoughts of that moment.
“I still get goosebumps when I recall that moment. The winning moment of the Under-19 World will always remain with me. I still cherish those memories,” Manjot concluded.