Ahead of India’s first match in ICC World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, during an interview, called Indian captain Virat Kohli ‘immature’ adding that Kohli can’t take abuse.
Rabada, who plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), made the statement referring to a match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB), during which Kohli and Rabada got into a war of words.
Rabada said, “I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse.”
Rabada added, “You have to think about what you are going to do, because the wicket was good. All it was was a verbal fight. Something like that will not distract me. If anything, it is just going to wake me up to hit my areas a lot more consistently.”
Rabada also said that after the incident he wondered whether being angry is what makes Virat Kohli the player he is. He said, “But later that evening, on the bus back to the hotel, I asked myself: ‘That guy (Kohli) always seems to be angry on the field. Is he really angry?’ Then I thought to myself what it would take for me to become really, really angry. That is going to happen very few and far times in between. And becoming angry like that – is that what gets him to play well? Do you know what I am saying? I can’t psyche myself to be angry.”