In 2018, during a match at Edgbaston in England, Virat Kohli, one of the greatest batters in cricket history, experienced an unusual incident where a crowd of 35,000 spectators booed him despite his reputation as a crowd-puller.
During a recent episode of the RCB Podcast Season 2, Kohli shared several anecdotes from his career. He highlighted how he was treated, and how he remained motivated to continue performing at his best.
KOHLI: ‘SO MUCH WEIGHT WAS LIFTED OFF MY SHOULDERS’
My heart was pumping because all I could think of was the flashes of 2014. I walked in, and there were about 35,000 people at the stadium, and they all started booing the moment I entered the field. My heart started beating faster. They have this amazing ability to create an environment where you feel like I have got no chance here.”
Whenever Virat Kohli plays in England, fans and cricket experts eagerly anticipate the intense matchup between him and legendary England bowler James Anderson. Virat Kohli’s performance in the 2014 tour of England proved to be disastrous as Anderson posed the biggest challenge for him. Anderson dismissed Kohli on four occasions, limiting him to only 134 runs in ten innings against England.
The rivalry between Kohli and Anderson has become a topic of interest for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Despite Kohli’s struggles in the past, he remains determined to overcome Anderson’s bowling and lead his team to victory.
“I remember Anderson was the guy running with the ball. I was like, what are the odds here I am facing the first ball from him again after four years. In my mind, I was like ‘please just play the first ball and he bowled it at the fourth stump and I left that ball’. I became calm after that first ball and then I got dropped at 22. So, I could have got out on 22 in that innings but I got 149. I didn’t look back from there, so that’s when you realised that you just can’t sit there and crib about things that didn’t go right. There are a lot of things that went right. So much weight was lifted from my shoulder,”
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