“We have never been in one place for so long. It’s bizarre. It’s not a good thing to single out something like this as an opportunity to spend time together. But it is what it is. We are being cautious and staying positive. If not for this, I’d be hanging out with you at Chinnaswamy stadium,” Kohli added.
Pietersen then asked Kohli where he got his nickname “Chiku” from and the Indian captain revealed,” I got this nickname from a coach in the Ranji Trophy. I used to have big cheeks then. In 2007 I thought I was losing hair. I got my hair cropped and my cheeks and ears stood out. I got the name from a cartoon character. The rabbit in the comic book Champak.”
Interestingly, Kohli revealed that it was MS Dhoni who made his nickname famous by shouting it out at all times from behind the stumps.
The conversation took a serious turn when Kohli revealed that the England tour in 2014 was his lowest point.
“The England tour in 2014. There is a time as a batsman when you know you will fail and you will not get runs. I used to wake up and know I would fail. It was the worst I have ever felt. It was tough. I promised myself that I will never allow me to let that happen to myself,” Kohli said.
“It happened because I was so consumed about doing well from a personal point of view. I just felt I was in England and this was Test cricket and if I score runs here then I will establish myself. I was consumed by all that crap and that led to my downward spiral,” Kohli added.
Pietersen then asked Kohli why the Royal Challengers Bangalore have never won the Indian Premier League and the captain said that there are too many big names and it always comes with an added pressure.
“Big players in the team, there will be attention on the team. With big players, we will always be in the focus. We have reached 3 finals, not won, but then, those things are irrelevant, until you win the title. Even with the best team, we have not won. There is a team goal, we deserve to win the title,” Kohli said.
“I think the more you try to do something, it tends to move away from you. I think we need to get the joy back into the team and not try and look to set goals,” Kohli added.
This year’s Indian Premier League is one of the many sporting events worldwide to be postponed including the Tokyo Olympics, which has been delayed until next year.
For now, the start of the IPL has been put back from March 29 until April 15 “as a precautionary measure” over the coronavirus.
In the end, Kohli answered some questions from the fans on social media and picked Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi because of work ethic and drive.
Kohli added that he will never shave as he doesn’t look good without a beard.
Virat Kohli’s best cricketing memory is India winning the 2011 ICC World Cup and golf is the one sport that he will never play.