Virat Kohli’s statements before series make me cringe: Rahul Dravid

first_imgVirat Kohli sometimes comes across as outrageous, said Rahul Dravid at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday. The Wall also said Kohli’s pre-match statements made him cringe at times.”Virat sometimes comes across as outrageous and I cringe on reading his statements before a series. But if he can bring the best out of himself by needling the opposition, so be it,” Dravid said.Kohli has been in top form for the last two years and became the first man to score Test double hundreds in four successive series last season. The 28-year-old is also the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and has struck his 32nd hundred last night as India clinched their seventh successive ODI series, trumping New Zealand.On Sunday, the India skipper also became the fastest batsman to reach 9000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 194 innings — 11 less than AB De Villiers.However, Dravid understood sometimes a bit of needling was important in modern-day cricket.Dravid also called the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift an “unfortunate event” which eventually led to the 47-year-old stepping down as India coach after just one year in-charge.Kumble quit as India coach two days after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won in England in June. The legendary bowler resigned after his partnership with captain Kohli became untenable.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It was very very unfortunate for Anil and not fair on him at all. What’s the reality and what happens behind the closed door, I don’t want to comment on that. But that was definitely an unfortunate episode and especially for someone like Anil who has been an absolute legend to the game. Someone who has done more than anybody to win Test matches for India and also had a successful year as coach of India,” Dravid told India Today.advertisementlast_img