Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa has provided an insight into Virat Kohli as a teammate and how the India captain is like off the field. Zampa and Kohli shared a dugout for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL this year and talking to The Sydney Morning Herald, the tweaker recounted how on the very first day, the skipper made him feel at home.
“It was the first day I arrived [and] he WhatsApped me. I didn’t have his number. He made it as if we’ve known each other forever,” Zampa said. The message was about a $15 voucher at a vegan restaurant.
“Zamps, here’s the $15 off voucher at a vegan restaurant from Deliveroo. It’s a really good restaurant,” it read. The Aussie spoke about how Kohli is a completely different person off the field. “He’s absolutely not what you see on the cricket field. He always brings his intensity to training and the game; he loves competition, he hates losing as much as anyone. He probably shows it more than anyone.
“Once he’s off the park, he’s the most chilled guy. He’s watching YouTube clips on the bus, he’ll laugh out loud.
“There was a cricket clip recently from cricket.com.au, there was a funny run-out, he was laughing about it for three weeks straight. He loves holding onto jokes like that.”
Zampa went on: “He talks about coffee, travelling, food – ‘Zamps, do you want a Beyond Meat burger?’ – because he’s a vegetarian himself. He’s a really cultured guy. He’s good to talk to, good fun.
“One night he took me aside and talked to me about his travels through Nepal. He’s always talking to me about his new coffee machine. He’s a pretty normal bloke.
“The one thing you take away from spending time with those guys is they’re as much of a human being as you are.”
Soon Zampa and Kohli would be opponents during the forthcoming limited-overs series and so far in their duels, the leggie has dismissed the Indian batting great seven times.
“I would laugh at it and really appreciate it. I’ve got him out seven times, but they’re at a good click; the economy is well and truly over six runs per over as well. It’ll be interesting now we’re closer,” Zampa said.
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