There is nobody who shows his aggression and passion for the game on the field as much as Virat Kohli does. The former India skipper wears his heart on his sleeves and is always expressing his emotions during a game, even if it means picking up verbal fights with the opposition players.
He also often engages the crowd while fielding and hypes up the fans when an Indian bowler is bowling well, or even when India are in search of a wicket.
One of Virat Kohli’s former RCB teammates, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, recently spoke on why the former RCB captain sometimes gets into altercations with the opposition. Marcus Stoinis spent the IPL 2019 season with RCB playing under Kohli. The Aussie all-rounder has also played against the Indian superstar plenty of times in international cricket and in the IPL.
Stoinis said that being aggressive on the field and having a go at the opposition brings out the best in Virat Kohli with the bat, and he feels, Kohli has reached a level where he could be at his best almost every single game.
“He [Kohli] has figured out what his best version is, in terms of performance, and it seems like he can channel that, and bring that energy every single game,” Marcus Stonis told RevSportz.
“Yes, at times that might mean it’s picking a fight or getting the crowd on his side, but it’s very clear to me that he understands himself, he understands what his best version is.”
Steve Smith is very similar to Virat Kohli: Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis also opined that the talisman Australian batsman Steve Smith is also similar to Virat Kohli in the way Smith also gets to his best version consistently as Kohli does.
“[Smith is] very similar to Virat in terms of his way of bringing the best version of himself to each contest, and each day of cricket,” the Aussie all-rounder added.
All three of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Marcus Stoinis will be featured in the upcoming World Cup 2023 in India. This could be the last ODI World Cup for these three players as they are aged 33 and above.