Virat Kohli is such a nice guy off the field: Mitchell Starc

"I probably know him better than some of my teammates."

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli India. (Photo by Subir Halder/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli is known for his rugged behaviour on the field. His animated gestures only exemplify how passionate he is for the game and how he strives and pushes himself to do better than the last time on every single occasion. However, his on-field conduct has also sparked several controversies which have led to some infamous verbal wars. Australia is one such country who pushes each and every player of the opposition country to their limit with their mind games and fierce gameplay.

The Indian skipper relishes such challenges and lets his bat do most of the talking. Kohli has also played some of his best knocks against Australia and his face-off with the left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will be remembered for ages. Nevertheless, the 30-year-old Kohli has said to be equally soft off the field and has earned the tag of “a nice guy” from Australian speedster Mitchell Starc, ahead of their gruelling series against India.

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Starc believes that the Delhi-born batter is a nice guy off the field and is misread by people due to his competitive nature on the field while playing. Australia had toured India in the year 2017 for the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The hard-fought series was won by India after which Kohli made a remark that he would never consider Aussie players as his friends because of the verbal feud surrounding the series.

Starc said as quoted by cricket.com.au: “I don’t get that feeling at all. We had some good battles on the field during that series, all in good fun and had few laughs about it and caught up after one of the Test matches. I’m sure I’ll have a few chats with him over this series and share a laugh and chat about the series once it is done.”

The New South Wales-born quick further added by saying: “I got to know him a fair bit off the field and I think I probably know him better than some of my teammates. They obviously see him on the field and the general public sees him what a competitor he is and how he loves the challenge of performing home and away and to be one of the best players in the world.”

“I’ve got to see bit off the field, where’s very different. He’s such a nice guy off the field, he’s got a lot of time for everyone and just loves to be part of the boys, whether it’s playing FIFA or being around the team room,” Starc concluded. 

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