Virat Kohli on being called ‘immature’, India’s World Cup hopes and South Africa’s injury woes

Injuries are a part of
the game, these things can’t be predicted. I’m sure any team that
gets hit with injuries is never a good thing
but still South Africa is a very talented, very
dangerous side on their day. Even with their replacements
they would be a very strong side so we never take anyone
lightly and whether a few key players get injured or not, if a youngster
is stepping in and he has the right mindset, he can
really perform on the day. So I think we need to maintain
respect for that and really approach the game,
focusing on our strengths and what we can do as
a side. I’m really feeling bad for Dale
because he looked really happy, he was bowling very well
and then suddenly we find out that he’s not going to
be able to continue. I feel bad for him because
he’s been a friend for a long time and he’s a very motivated
guy. He’s been very happy to come
back and play for South Africa. He’s been doing really well
and he has that hunger and passion in him still
but you know those niggles and injuries are just not
going his way and I can understand he must be feeling gutted and
I’m feeling bad for him actually. What did he say? – He said that you were immature.
I think it was in the context of the IPL, and your battles with him. – Well, I’ve played against against
Kagiso many times and I think if anything needs to be
discussed we can discuss it man to man. I’m not using a press conference
to answer anything. Rabada is always going to be
a world-class bowler and a threat to any side he plays against
because he has the kind of passion, he has the kind of skillset
that he can, on his day, go through any batting order. You have to be respectful
but have that self-belief in yourself as well and that
balance will be very crucial. Whether he plays with .. and gidi
or by himself, he’s always going to be
a skilful bowler, so we always need to respect that and then
find ways of scoring against him. Look, when you perform and
you perform for a long time, expectations are always
going to be there and I sort of understood
how to go along with the expectations rather than saying I’m not …
you actually don’t go out there to prove anything to anyone,
which is a fact, but you have to accept that
expectations are gonna be there. When I walk out to bat,
come down the stairs, people are going to say
we need a hundred and of those kinds of things
will happen so for me that ‘s just a part of the
process now.

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