What sets Virat Kohli other than the rest? Discipline, positivity and an unwavering belief in his abilities, said his delhi and Indian teammate Shikhar Dhawan on the occasion of the maestro’s 34th birthday.
After enduring a long batting slump, Kohli returned to form in the ongoing T20 World Cup with three explosive half-centuries, the highlight being his astonishing shot against rivals Pakistan in the Indian tournament opener. during a crowded MCG.
“Virat Kohli is doing very well in this tournament, so congratulations to him. I wish him a very happy birthday, from the bottom of my heart. India is peaking at the right time and I support them,” Dhawan said at the India Today Conclave on Saturday.
“Virat’s self-confidence is very strong, his state of mind is very positive when you talk to him and it all depends on how you talk to each other. You can be your best friend or your own victim, it’s totally up to you. “He’s also quite disciplined, he ate everything and got quite big and he changed all that with his willpower. This mixed with his skills and brought him success.
Asked about the former India captain’s stunt against Pakistan, Dhawan said for a cricketer like Kohli, it was more important to follow the process rather than pay attention to criticism. Speaking about Kohli’s process, Dhawan said he had to dig deep to get out of his slump, which is generally true for all cricketers.
“When someone isn’t functioning, you go through stress. You dig deeper and go through self-reflection. Every phase of life teaches you something and it’s about the journey, not the destination. Once the individual realizes it’s about the journey, it’s more fun,” Dhawan said.
When asked if there was anything special about the Delhi players, Dhawan said their bold attitude on the pitch made them stand out. “For Delhi belt players, who have the strength and the boldness to play, that’s why Delhi players are special,” Dhawan said.
“Fans believe in the end result and their emotions are shaped by the end result, but cricketers don’t think that way. They have their process, they believe in it and that’s where the difference lies.” as a sportsman, you must have the strength and the will to protect yourself from negative comments. If you start getting affected by it, your positivity goes away,” Dhawan said.