The former Indian Opening batsman Virender Sehwag recalls a moment when he got so angry with Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli once dropped an easy catch when Sehwag was bowling. It made him angry as he had some milestones to achieve with that wicket.
Virender Sehwag on Virat Kohli
“I don’t know about magic, but I did get some big batters out with my bowling. Ponting, Hayden, Hussey, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan, and Lara are some of the top batters. I once dismissed Gilchrist round his legs in Perth. The big ones did fall to me sometimes,”
“I actually felt quite sad when Virat Kohli once dropped a dolly off me at midwicket once. I would have probably got to some bowling milestone, but he ended up putting it down. I got so angry, probably far more than when I missed a triple century. I told him come on man, you should have caught that,”
He further added that
“No one ever doubted his talent, but I didn’t believe that Virat Kohli would reach the heights he has now. Others may have felt that way, but I didn’t. Even when he smashed Lasith (Malinga) for fours in that match—I think we needed some 280 inside 40 overs—he scored a wonderful century. So we knew there was no lacking in talent and that he would score runs, but we didn’t know that he would reach such legendary status and hit 70 to 75 centuries or score 25000 runs,”
“I was doubtful about that because it’s one thing to have talent but how long can you convert it into performances? Will he be this mentally strong? Today, he has proven everyone including me wrong. The greatness Kohli has reached today is unbelievable,”