Virat Kohli spoke on his desire to be the ODI captain © AFP
Virat Kohli spoke on his desire to be the ODI captain © AFP

As the rain surprised everyone in Dubai on Tuesday, raining for just the second tinme in the year, there was another surprise in the city as India‘s charismatic batsman and Test skipper Virat Kohli paid a visit for the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), who co-owns the UAE Royals franchise, as he cheered for tennis great Roger Federer against Andy Murray in the final match of the UAE leg at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. The cricket star was also interviewd by mid-day magazine where the skipper spoke on various issues, and also commented on the India-Pakistan series, which is due to be held later this month. Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan sign PETA petition

“I am in no position to comment as I don’t have any information on that particular issue,” he said. However, he spoke on his desire to be the ODI captain. “I never thought I would be Test captain. It’s an opportunity that has come my way and I am looking to fulfill the responsibility to the best of my ability. I have never wanted one particular thing in my career. Whatever comes my way, I react to that,” he said. ‘Virat Cricket Challenge’ mobile game launched

Speaking on Ajinkya Rahane’s evolution and as a players, he said, “He is a wonderful player. In the last two years, he has been the most improved player in our side. Composure-wise, mental strength and technique he is the perfect combination. In the limited overs format, he has improved vastly. I am sure he will be a consistent performer in all three formats.” Virat Kohli congratulates Rohit Sharma-Ritika Sajdeh on their wedding

On being asked about his evolution as a complete player over the past few years, he said, “After having a lean phase in England [2014] I learnt a lot about my batting on how to stay focused at that level and how to deal with different phases in my particular game. Mentally, I have evolved as a batsman and technically I have had to make a few changes as bowlers around the world are trying to get you out in different ways.”

Healso defended the just concluded Test series against South Africa, saying that it was just not bowlers series. “No, I don’t think so. I have said this before also, we had the top four scorers and we showed more application than the opposition. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

Speaking about the IPTL and his team, and whom he is cheering for, Kohli said, “Obviously I will root for Roger as he’s in our team. The league is a revelation and when the UAE Royals proposal came along I was delighted and when I heard Roger is in the team I had no second thoughts. I am personally very excited about this format. I saw the Delhi leg and I am sure tonight will also be very exciting tennis.”