Virat Kohli, who became the leading run-getter of Indian Premier League on Tuesday, talked about how AB de Villiers inadvertently helped him in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa. In an exclusive chat with NDTV, Kohli said, “I actually learnt something from him in the recent Test series that we played. I made that adjustment to my game, which I haven’t told him about yet.” Kohli became the very first India captain to win a bilateral series in South Africa. After losing the Test series 1-2, Kohli’s team crushed South Africa to win the One-day International series 5-1 and then clinched the Twenty20 International series 2-1 to finish the tour on a high.
The Indian captain also opened on his county stint before India tour of England and said, “People have their personal opinions and I respect that. But I need to do what’s best for my preparation going forward.”
Kohli will skip the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June and focus solely on the England tour (from late June to September) where in fact the Indian team will play a five-Test series, three T20Is and a three-match ODI series.
Whilst it is yet to be ascertained which county Kohli will represent, it could be Surrey in all likelihood.
Kohli’s teammate De Villiers also showered praise on the Indian team and said that these were more challenging than Australia in the Test series.