Some assumptions in the Surrey dressing room are sure to come crashing down when "proper big dog" Virat Kohli joins the side, said England all-rounder Moeen Ali as he reflected on the Indian captain's much-talked-about county stint next month.
It may sound like "Winter is Coming", warning everyone in the land of its biggest threat, in Game of Thrones. He's so humble it is nearly weird how nice he is. But he would always go. Kohli is now one of the most featured celebrities in television advertising but he said the only must in his wardrobe was a pair of white sneakers that he cleans every two weeks. While extending Moeen's point further, team mate Chris Woakes says, "You have your perceptions of someone like Virat, who is quite passionate, emotional, in your face and plays it hard". He's very down to earth, and for someone who has such huge pressure and public focus in India, to see him go about his business in this way is quite refreshing. "So I don't want to get rid of it", the dynamic batsman, who is now captaining IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, said replying to a query at a promotional event in Bangalore. It makes you realise what his life is like.
Kohli will be county cricket's biggest box office attraction since Shane Warne last played for Hampshire 11 years ago. Playing at smaller grounds, which will be an experience too. Speaking about the same, Moeen emphasizes on Kohli's human qualities. "Around 30 minutes before the bus leaves for a match, he does what he calls a priming session in the gym". It's certainly different but it works for him. "He's leaner, fitter and more agile than those before". But it's winning with control, not win at all costs. "The England series is big for him personally and he's giving himself the best chance to succeed".