Indian captain Virat Kohli maybe competitive and even
antagonistic at times to his opponents on the field but he is a
different person altogether off it, said Australian spinner Adam Zampa.
After years of facing Kohli as an opponent, Zampa got to see what it
is like sharing a dressing room with the 32-year-old right-hand batsman
in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), where Zampa played under
Kohli’s captaincy with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“He’s absolutely not what you see on the cricket field,” Zampa is
quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “He always brings his
intensity to training and the game; he loves competition, he hates
losing as much as anyone. He probably shows it more than anyone.”
“Once he’s off the park, he’s the most chilled guy. He’s watching
YouTube clips on the bus, he’ll laugh out loud. There was a cricket clip
recently from cricket.com.au, there was a funny run out, he was
laughing about it for three weeks’ straight. He loves holding onto jokes
Zampa said that Kohli had messaged him on WhatApp in his first day
with RCB. “Zamps, here’s the $15 off voucher at a vegan restaurant from
Deliveroo,” it read. “It’s a really good restaurant.”
“It was the first day I arrived [and] he WhatsApped me,” said Zampa.
“I didn’t have his number. He made it as if we’ve known each other
Zampa has had considerable success against Kohli in limited overs
cricket, dismissing the Indian captain seven times but he points out the
fact that he has also conceded a lot of runs.
“I’ve got him out seven times, but they’re at a good click; the
economy is well and truly over six runs per over as well. It’ll be
interesting now we’re closer,” he said.
The pair will face each other again when India’s tour of Australia begins later this month with a three-match ODI and T20I series.