Virat Kohli keeps Australian legend waiting for an interview
"I am not going to go above and beyond just because you have 15000 runs," Kohli exclaimed.
Updated - Jan 20, 2019 4:06 pm
Team India skipper Virat Kohli enjoys immense popularity in world cricket. The paparazzi and the pundits keep on looking for opportunities to get a sneak peek into his life and to pick brains of this modern day great. A Virat Kohli exclusive interview is like the paramount award in the cricket media industry at the moment. No wonder why a former Australian cricketer tried for an interview with Kohli.
However, if the reports are to be believed, the Indian captain snubbed the interview and did not turn up. As per the recent reports in the Bangalore Mirror, former Australian captain Steve Waugh wanted to interview Kohli. Waugh does not hold any media rights in Australia at the moment. However, it is believed that if the interview had gone through, he would have had it published for Cricket Australia.
The report suggests that Kohli denied the interview request with a firm no and stated that he would be available only after the end of the Test series. Well, now, even the ODI series is over, and the interview has apparently not seen the light of the day.
Does not matter who you are
Indian Link, a website that is run by expat Indians, revealed that Virat Kohli was firm with his words saying that his rules are meant for everyone. He is unavailable for an interview – be it a normal journalist or be any legendary cricketer making the request.
“Only when they want something, they (certain ex-players) will speak to you a certain way. But it does not matter to me if I am talking to you or someone who has 15000 runs, at the end of the day, it is a human interaction. I am not going to go above and beyond just because you have 15000 runs. They do not it that way, but I do,” Kohli told the website.
Whether this reference was made to Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting, remains to be ascertained. Reports further suggest that both Ponting and Waugh have not responded to the website on the issue. Meanwhile, the Indian media manager also revealed that Waugh had asked an ‘influential’ Indian to substantiate an interview meeting with Virat.