At Express Adda, Virat Kohli explains what he wants from Sachin, Dhoni and others

Virat Kohli

On Tuesday, a select audience in the Capital interacted with flamboyant Team India member Virat Kohli at the latest edition of Express Adda.

Like previous guests — Amitabh Bachchan, Viswanathan Anand and Thomas Friedman, among others — Kohli can be counted as among the most important voices in his field, and a potential captain.

Kohli was in conversation with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta. The 23-year-old talked about issues facing Indian cricket today, such as the impact of IPL and the retirements of Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman.

Here are his quotes:

* India, IPL games are same to me in terms of intensity

* I want Rahul Dravid's defence, V V S Laxman's wrist work, Sachin Tendulkar's on-drive, M S Dhoni's calm, Virender Sehwag's cut

* Don't think much about getting the captaincy

* Aggression by Team India is frowned upon by authorities, but others use it with impunity

* M S Dhoni as calm off field as on field

* I changed after being dropped from Team India

* When Sachin got out in WC final, felt like I was in graveyard

* Test century I scored in Australia is by far my favourite innings

* It's hard to find right balance between self belief and being arrogant. I'm lucky to have got that

* Mohd Kaif was one of the most hard working player for India and was underrated

* What gets Virat Kohli out? Good balls, lack of concentration, some mistakes

* Australians are still on top when it comes to sledging

* Ben Hilfenhaus is one of the best bowler in the world right now

* Virat Kohli's best Waku-Doki moment: World Cup win

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