There is so much to learn from New Zealand, opines Indian skipper Virat Kohli
The 30-year-old will be travelling back to India after the 3rd ODI against New Zealand and will be rested for the remainder of the tour.
Updated - Jan 28, 2019 10:28 am
After clean-sweeping ICC 2018 edition of awards, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a more daunting and challenging calendar year ahead of him. For the first time in his career, he will be leading the national side in cricket’s most elite tournament and surely, he would love to lay hands on the World Cup trophy for the second time.
The 30-year-old will travel back to India after the 3rd ODI against New Zealand and will be rested for the remainder of the tour. In an interview posted by the BCCI, he heaped praises on New Zealand side and their incredible sporting culture. He also talked on how IPL helped in building some friendships and said the cricketing world has a lot to learn from the Black Caps.
“[New Zealand] are probably one team that plays in the absolute right manner. But their body language and their intensity is right up there which I feel is the perfect balance for any sports team. There is so much to learn from them, in terms of their competitiveness but at the same time, respecting the opponents, maintaining friendships as well.
We’re quite close to a lot of the boys because we play IPL together and we get along really, really well with them. That has been maintained for years because of the mutual respect. The cricket is competitive but it’s very, very enjoyable,” Kohli said.
Love coming to New Zealand
The two-time ICC Garfield Sobers trophy winner also talked about how much he enjoys coming to naturally beautiful locations like New Zealand. He pointed that it was a place everyone enjoys playing cricket.
“We always love coming to New Zealand. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and probably one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Very calming, very relaxing, and you get places like this to practise which is quite remarkable. It’s a place we all enjoy our cricket.”