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Surprise! Candid Virat Kohli reveals why he prefers playing in England than in India

Kohli is in England captaining the Indian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy

Utathya Nag utathya10 27 May 2017, 6:20 PM
Virat Kohli's brilliant form and his feisty aggression go hand in hand

Virat Kohli's brilliant form and his feisty aggression go hand in hand Image: AFP

India captain Virat Kohli prefers his solitude and enjoys the 'normal' life he gets to experience during tours, away from the constant media and fan attention he gets while playing in India.

Kohli, who is currently in England for the ICC Champions Trophy, during a media interaction revealed he needs his space and said, "There’s so much attention on you back home that I love travelling away and playing in other countries around the world. I totally love just spending some normal time, which I’m not particularly able to do back home.”


Kohli is one of the biggest superstars in the game today and in a cricket-crazy country like India, it's almost impossible for the Delhi batsman to expect any sort of privacy away from his home.

So foreign tours in countries, where the star frenzy is considerably controlled, gives Kohli the opportunity to reclaim some normality in life.

Kohli landed in England on Thursday with the rest of the team and will be captaining the side in their bid to retain their Champions Trophy crown.

When asked how he spent his time immediately after landing in England, Kohli said, “The first thing I actually felt like when I came was just to go for a walk and have a coffee, but I thought sleep might be better because of the hectic day forward."

“But I love walking by myself, just being by myself, not having people around at all. It’s refreshing in a way. You find out more about yourself, so that provides you with that opportunity plus you get to do what you love; that is play the game." he added.

India play their first match against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.

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