Some players you don't mess with, Virat Kohli, one of them: Rashid Latif
LAHORE: Former Pakistani Captain Latif Rashid said in a YouTube video that the opposition would be better if they did not relate to the Indian captain Virat Kohli in a verbal duel
Latif recalled the India series in Australia in 2014-15, which was when Kohli took over the Trial Captaincy of Ms dhoni after the latter withdrew from the game's longest format before the fourth and final test of the series in Sydney.
In the Adelaide Test, India lost the match, but came close to chasing its goal of 364 innings in the second inning thanks to Kohli's 141. In the first inning, he scored 115. The Australians, particularly fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, carried Kohli on a sled throughout the series and the Indian captain ended up taking Johnson to the dry cleaner.
In the 2014 series, when Dhoni retired after three Tests. Then there was a Test, in which Virat Kolhi scored two tons in each inning. In that match, Mitchell Johnson reached out to Kohli, and dono ke beech theek thaak gaaliyaa chal ri tha. Watch that video and you will see that Kohli's reaction was not defensive, Latif said.
There are some players you don't mess with. We had Javed (Miandad) bhai, Viv Richards , Sunil Gavaskar . Today, Virat Kohli is one such player."
Latif then gave the example of India's recent T20I series against the West Indies. Kohli was upset by holding the notebook of fast bowler Kesrick Williams, which the latter had used on him in a 2017 T20I in Jamaica.
India needed a whopping 208 runs to win and ended up chasing him with eight balls in hand thanks to Kohli's 94 balls. He mimicked holding Williams' notebook at one point after hitting a fast bowler six.
Recently, in a T20I game against the West Indies, a left arm pacemaker (actually, it was a right arm pacemaker Kesrick Williams) said a few words to him. Even though Kohli doesn't score too many runs at T20I, but he went on to play a great inning in that match. There are certain players you don't mess with during a game, Latif said.