Indian Premier League (IPL) has reduced the hostility between cricketers hailing from different countries. It has allowed cricketers coming from different countries with different cultures to mingle. The last two years saw cricketers from different cultures sharing their dressing rooms which have caused the establishment of new kind of relations between cricketers of different countries.
And now AB de Villiers who has played alongside Kohli for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore). He has shared about a few moments he spent with the Indian captain Virat Kohli, in his recent interview with Times Now.
De Villiers said, “He is very fortunate to have a lot of talent there – players who have a lot of experience, who have played a lot of IPL games under the most intense pressure before. He is blessed with that but also he is a lead from the front kind of a leader. And that’s always good from a captain when a guy goes out there and scores the big hundreds.
He just doesn’t only talk but walks the talk as well. That’s the kind of a leader Virat is. He leads from the front with his body language.”
He added, “We are very good friends. We always stay in touch, and we get along really well. I have always been a big fan of the way he plays the game. After the SA series, I didn’t have a choice but to congratulate him as he scored so many runs and had a fantastic series, unfortunately against us. That’s the last I spoke to him. Then I warned him as well that when he is going to next come here, it’s not going to happen again (laughs).”