EXCLUSIVE: Virat Kohli on cars, friends and fashion
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is a big car fan, and especially of Audi.

Indian cricket captain and superstar batsman Virat Kohli is known for his record-setting success on the cricket field. Ranked No 1 in Tests and ODIs, Kohli is also set one Test victory away from surpassing MS Dhoni to become the most successful Indian captain of all time.

And while his drive to be the best batsman in the world is well-documented, Kohli also has a real passion for cars. And fast cars, at that.

In a candid conversation with Audi, Kohli opened up on some of his crazy friends, the most heart racing moments he’s had off the field, in his Audi, everything he loves about driving, and the career he would have chosen if he wasn’t this great at cricket.


What is the one silly thing you did with your friends recently?

The silliest thing? I mean they all do silly things all the time. There’s hardly any time when they do sensible things, so I would have to sit down and think of the time they did something sensible because actually on daily basis they are just talking about all the funny things and all the nonsensical things that happen all around and they hardly talk anything which is constructive or something that makes any sense.

So I can’t pin point anything. They are all very silly and I think we should get them to do a video as well to get some sensible things out of them because I don’t think they have anything sensible to talk about so that will be a new thing for them.

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Virat Kohli on his friends: “They all do silly things all the time”

Virat, what’s your favourite car memory?

I remember one which is quite funny. I took my sister out in my R8 which I had just got back in 2012. She didn’t understand the power of the car and so we went to a longish sort of a road and it was clear for me to step on the gas and really feel that pull of the car and I told her it’s going to be a little bit different from what you’ve experienced before in a car.

She wasn’t taking me seriously until I actually stepped on the gas and I still remember she said “I felt like everything is moving in my stomach” and she was almost crying. That was her reaction of it and I still remember I couldn’t stop laughing because she couldn’t control what she was feeling. She had tears in her eyes after that because she felt all that force of the car pulling through and that for me is the best car memory that I have.

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Virat Kohli behind the wheel of the latest offering from Audi.

If you would pick another profession other than cricket, what would it be?

Profession other than cricket? don’t know, maybe I would be a stylist. I like looking for good clothes and I like combining clothes in my own head. I have understood over the years, what would look good with a particular piece of clothing. Tops and trousers and jeans … combining all of them with jackets and stuff like that. So I have a fair idea of that so maybe I would try my hand at being a stylist.

Audi Q8 2019
The Audi Q8 is expected to be launched in India in September 2019.

What is your guilty pleasure where cars are concerned?

The basic idea of finding any kind of pleasure with driving a car now is just to be able to drive it in the city back home so just to look for a window where it is not going to be that hectic and you can just enjoy the drive and listen to good music.

So yeah, that’s the most basic things are what I crave for now as you don’t get really get to drive in your hectic time of the day. Plus you also have a chance of people recognising you, that also plays on your mind. So, you know just to be able to go on a normal drive which is longer than your usual travel distance, just to enjoy and feel the car and just really relax. I think that’s quite really relaxing, that particular activity. So that’s basically what I look for.