Virat Kohli was the special guest for Mumbai's opening leg of Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at the NSCI Dome in Worli on Saturday where the home team U-Mumba locked horns against Puneri Paltan in a Maharashtra derby. Kohli sang the National Anthem and was also enthralled by some entertaining performances from the players which included raids and tackles.
The Indian skipper picked the likes of MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and KL Rahul as cricketers who would do well if they were selected to play in a Kabaddi team.
Here's how the batting superstar had justified his selection to the official broadcasters of the event.
“It requires a lot of strength and athleticism. So I would say, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav. Umesh is really strong. Rishabh Pant as well. I would say Bumrah because he can really work on a toe-touch. One more... I am not even going to include myself because these guys are stronger and more athletic. The last one would be KL Rahul. That’s my seven.”
At the same time, Kohli also said that raided Rahul Chaudhari was his favourite Kabaddi player and his mutual trust and friendship with Ajay Thakur while playing for Tamil Thalaivas and Indian Team resembles with him and MS Dhoni.
" Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur. They have a great camaraderie. So I think those two would be a direct copy of me and Mahi."
The video of Virat Kohli's statements was posted by ProKabaddi on their official Twitter handle.
Watch the video here:
The 'Captain Fearless' later took to Twitter and said that he was honoured to be a part of such a special evening.
Virat Kohli will be leading Team India in all the three formats in the upcoming bilateral series against West Indies where India will be playing two Tests, three One Day Internationals and three T20Is starting from 3rd August to 4th September 2019.