Virat Kohli is best when he’s on the field with his bat, but at a press conference before the first match against New Zealand at Napier, the Indian skipper proved to be eloquent with his speech as well. Kohli said that he does not ‘feed off’ booing any more. Instead, he puts in a lot more focus on a ‘greater responsibility’ of leading the team. Kohli has been receiving a lot of negative comments from Australian supporters of late and at the press conference, there were questions asked on booing.
Kohli said that feeding off negative comments was something that he used to boost himself up during the middle phase of his career. “I used to feed off those things then as I needed to boost myself up but now being the captain of the team, I really don't need to focus on those things," Kohli said, adding that he has a greater responsibility. “I necessarily don’t need the crowd to be on my side or against my side as I have to go out there and do my responsibilities whether there are one person or 50000 people inside the ground, I will have to do my job.”
The five-match ODI series against New Zealand will be followed by a three-match T20 series. These matches are vital for India as they are part of their preparations for the World Cup.