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Virat Kohli calls Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo an inspiration

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

2016 is over but some of the achievements the cricketers made during the year will be remembered for a long time unless of course, they better it this year. Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was one of those players who was in the thick of everything in 2016. He started off the year well in the limited-overs format and then got into his groove in Tests as well to finish with 1215 runs including three double centuries and is the No.2 ranked batsman in the format.

In an interaction with ecb.co.uk Virat said that he understands his game better now and that gives him the edge to iron out his flaws. “It can be put down to understanding my game a lot better than I used to. Being happy with the ability I have, the sort of drawbacks that I have. I understand my flaws and strengths nicely,” he said.

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“It’s also about finding the right balance. People talk about not having flaws and it’s wrong. Everyone has flaws and consistency is nothing but overcoming those flaws and finding the ability to score runs in Test format, especially which I wanted to find within my game. I feel in happy space knowing exactly where my game is going,” said Virat.

After cricket, he has always been a football fan and is a huge admirer of Real Madrid star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The 28-year-old said that he wants to enhance his work ethics to Ronaldo’s level. “I take a lot of inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo. The way he has stayed on top for so many years, it’s nothing but down to hard work. I have heard he is the most hardworking footballer in the world and that’s why he is where he is. Messi is a freak (genius) but this guy (Ronaldo) is giving him run for his money because of his hard work,” he said.

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Virat also mentioned that batting is about perception, as a batsman one can either get worried about the close in fielders or set his eyes on the boundary ropes. “It’s about how you perceive that situation. It’s very similar when you go out to bat. Either you see four slips standing at the back or you see the boundaries only.

“The external pressure, I have started enjoying it rather than running away from it because if I run away from it, it may come back to hound me and catch me and put me down to a level that I can’t imagine. So I have to take it along with me and find a way to deal with it.” Virat concluded.

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