The on-pitch image of Virat Kohli could be that of a combative batting superstar, but Aussie leg thrower Adam Zampa says the Indian captain came out as a ‘relaxed guy’ during their interactions during the recent IPL . (More cricket news)
The duo played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Zampa squad, which are part of the Australian limited squad for the upcoming ODI and T20 series against India from Friday, said they have bonded with Kohli on the consumption of meat, coffee and cricket without meat.
Revealing Kohli’s caring attitude towards his teammates, Zampa said on his first day in this year’s IPL, a WhatsApp message appeared on his phone from a number he didn’t recognize. He later turned out to be Kohli.
“It was the first day I arrived (and) he got me WhatsApped me ‘Zamps, here’s the 15 USD voucher at a vegan restaurant in Deliveroo. It is a very good restaurant. I didn’t have his number. He did it like we’ve known each other forever, ”Zampa told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Like Kohli, the 28-year-old Australian is also a vegan. He said Kohli also agreed to be the first guest on a podcast he is launching.
“He’s absolutely not what you see on the cricket pitch. He always brings his intensity to training and to the game; he loves competition, he hates losing as much as anyone. He probably shows it more than anyone.” , Zampa said.
“Once out of the park, he’s the scariest guy. He watches YouTube clips on the bus, he’s going to laugh out loud.”
Zampa said Kohli also talked about coffee, travel, food and once asked the Aussie “do you want a Beyond Meat burger?”.
“He’s a really cultured guy. Good to talk, great fun. The only thing you take away from spending time with these guys is that they’re as much of a human being as you are.
“One evening he took me aside and told me about his travels through Nepal. He always tells me about his new coffee machine. He’s a pretty normal guy.”
The skater has won Kohli’s wicket seven times in international cricket.
“I’ve taken it out seven times, but they’re just a click away; the economy is well and truly at over six races per over as well. It’ll be interesting now that we’re closer,” he said. .
“I love the bowling challenge at Virat. He’s probably the best player ever. You see he’s got 43 hundred or whatever and you say, ‘Wow, that’s a big wicket, he’s superhuman, ‘but at the end of the day you spend so much time with these guys, ”Zampa said.
“They live their own emotions. They live the bubble life away from home, they’re all as human as you and make as many mistakes as I or anyone else.”
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