Virat Kohli turns anchor and interviews Viv Richards ahead of India v West Indies 1st Test

first_imgVirat Kohli has always admired and looked up to batting legend Viv Richards and fortunately for the India captain, he got to even interview the former West Indies skipper and speak to him about the game for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (bcci.tv).Kohli made the most of this chance as he asked Sir Viv questions ranging from what his mindset was like when he walked out to bat to how he dealt with batting against the fastest of bowlers of his generation without any of the modern-day guards that the batsmen use these days.Viv Richards, who retired from the sport in 1991 after having made over 15,000 international runs in Tests and ODIs, rolled back the years and explained Kohli about the art of batting and what went through his mind when he had the willow in his hands.Virat Kohli: What were the challengers when you were playing and what made you believe in yourself so much? What was that essence of your self-belief?Viv Richards: I always felt I was good enough to be competing and I wanted to express myself in the best way that I can. I see that little similarity in you and that same passion in you. There are times when folks would look at us and say, ‘Wow why are they so angry?’ .Special: @imVkohli in conversation with @ivivianrichards (Part 1)King Kohli turns anchor and quizzes the Caribbean Master to understand his fearless mindset – by @28anandFull interview – https://t.co/HHGvlzfFEi pic.twitter.com/ikl7oifKSiadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2019Virat Kohli: Whenever I have seen videos of you walking out you had just a hat on, there were no helmets back then. Even when they were after a point you chose not to because it was something that made you feel that you have the belief. I know the pitches were not prepared or as covered back then so what went through your head when you walked out knowing that you don’t have a lot of protection and there were no restrictions on bouncers. And then you go out and dominate like that. What did you feel from the time you left the change room till you got to the pitch? What was the mindset?Viv Richards: I believed that I am the man (Kohli laughs). It may sound arrogant but I always felt that I was involved in a game that I knew. I backed myself every time. You even back yourself to get hurt and take the knocks. The helmet I tried but it felt a little uncomfortable. So I felt my maroon cap which was given to me, I felt so proud with that. My mindset was I was good enough to be here, if I get hurt its god’s will but I will survive.Virat Kohli: I always feel like it’s better to get hurt early on and get to know the feeling. Rather than always feeling that you might get hit. I prefer getting hit early on and really hard so it motivates me even further to not allow that to happen again. And just that pain to go through your body and be like, Ok enough it’s not happening again.Viv Richards: Because while batting you are going to get hurt, it’s all part of the game. Depends on how well you come back from these knocks. In the olden days before we had these guards, you take a hit and that’s when you’d feel it’s all part and parcel of the sport.Also Read | We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in: Virat KohliAlso Read | IND vs WI: Virat Kohli hints at four-bowler strategy for 1st TestAlso Read | 16 interviewed for physio job, 12 for strength and conditioning coachlast_img

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