A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Virat Kohli concentrating on improving performance instead of being compared to others

Kohli is looking to drop the attitude in order to help India keep winning matches

India batsman Virat Kohli has been known for his rather over the top outbursts after reaching a milestone, but according to him, he is now trying to curb the habit and focus solely on his performance and ensuring that India win matches regularly.

When asked about his emotional outbursts on the field, Kohli said: “I had this habit from childhood. I never liked being out, whether I am out on zero or I score a century. I get angry…Occasionally, I shout abuses, but, of late, I am trying to control my aggression, so that my behaviour doesn’t go over the top. I had broken too many bats in my childhood.”

Kohli led the India under-19 squad to World Cup glory in 2008, and many cricket pundits see him as the leading candidate to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the future captain of the national team.

However, Kohli refused to say whether he was being considered to replace Dhoni soon.

“No, I don’t think so… As a captain, he has done a lot for Team India. I learnt a lot as a vice-captain to Dhoni,” Kohli said.

Kohli also noted that his childhood hero had been Sachin Tendulkar, and he felt “blessed” to have the opportunity to play alongside the ‘Little Master’.

However, even with all the comparisons being made between him and Tendulkar, Kohli stated that he did not see many things similar between the two of them.

“I feel really blessed when people start comparing me with Sachin, but I keep myself focused on my performance, and not on such comparisons. I literally worship him, so, I don’t see too much in this comparison. No cricketer has been able to score one hundred centuries like Sachin has done,” Kohli added.

Kohli also disagreed with the claims that Indian selectors had made an emotional decision to bring batsman Yuvraj Singh back so soon after recovering from a rare form of germ cell cancer.

“I don’t think it is an emotional decision…If he says he is confident and fit, then he should be given the chance. It should be a perfect comeback for him,” Kohli said.

Singh will make his international return in the Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month, and is also scheduled to play in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 towards the latter part of this month.

“The first match after comeback always makes one nervous…If he performs well in the World T20, it will be a big boost for Team India. For us, the World T20 is an important tournament,” Kohli added.

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