Ahead of the India’s opening game against South Africa in ICC World Cup 2019 on June 5, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has responded in a classic way to South African pacer Kagiso Rabada’s ‘immature’ comment.
A few days ago the South African pace bowler Rabada stated that Virat Kohli is immature and can’t handle abuses. Talking about the IPL 2019 clash between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kagiso 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.”
Rabada added, “He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse.”
In response to that, Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the India vs South Africa game, said, “I’ve played against Kagiso many times. If there’s anything to discuss I’ll do it man to man. I won’t use a press conference for that.”
The Indian captain also backed Kuldeep Yadav who had an average IPL season and also left a message for his RCB teammate Dale Steyn who has been ruled out of the World Cup due to injury.
Virat said, “To me, IPL has no connection to the World Cup. Kuldeep has done well over the last two years. Few T20 games won’t change his confidence.”
He added, “I’m feeling bad for Dale Steyn. He has been a friend, he is very motivated and wanted to play for South Africa. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
Team India will play their opening game of the ICC World Cup 2019 against South Africa on Wednesday, June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. South Africa have lost Dale Steyn to an injury and will be without Lungi Ngidi for Wednesday’s clash after the pacer suffered a hamstring strain.