Virat Kohli donned the gloves of an interviewer recently, a role that is unfamiliar to the Indian skipper. The Indian skipper had a healthy chat with West Indies cricketing legend Sir Viv Richards as he hosted the interview and the two cricketing geniuses exchanged their thoughts on the game- from facing bouncers to the similarities that they shared. Virat Kohli and Team India are in the Caribbean islands where they are waiting to kick off their ICC World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies.
After Steve Smith's on-field bouncer incident in the second game of the Ashes in the hands of Jofra archer, talks of the need for more protection for batsmen has been doing the rounds. As this happens, Virat Kohli took to ask Sir Viv Richards how he managed to face the bowlers without a helmet and in just a maroon cap. Sir Viv Richards can vividly be remembered as a strong batsman who stood tall and courageously on the field, chewing gum and faced the bowlers without any headgear or protection. Virat Kohli asked Sir Viv Richards how he braved to face the bowlers without any protection despite the availability of helmets during his playing days.
"I'm the man. It might sound arrogant but yes, I used to say that to myself whenever I used to walk out to the field. It is essential to back yourself when you're on the field and that's how you get there. The helmet I tried, to tell the truth, but I did not find it comfortable. I was happy with the maroon cap that they had given me", said Sir Viv Richards.
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Richards also had his say on the matter, although his statement was nowhere close to being as flamboyant as Virat Kohli's. "It's all part of the game. It depends on how well you come back from these knocks. Before we had little guards around your ribs, you would take a hit and that's where you would feel and take a count but that's all part and parcel of the sport," he said.
Virat Kohli spoke of his admiration for Richards, whose temperament, like the Indian, was considered aggressive. "The greatest inspiration to all of us batsmen, Sir Vivian Richards," said Virat Kohli as he asked Richards about his journey. The Caribbean legend highlighted the similarity between the two.
"I always felt I was good enough to be competing. I wanted to express myself in the best way that I can, I see that little similarity, that passion. There are times when folks would look at us in different ways and say 'wow, why so angry'?" he quipped.