ndian captain Virat Kohli is winning the hearts of fans cricketers alike by his sportsmanship during the ongoing World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. After he asked the crowd to stop booing Australia’s Steven Smith earlier this month, Kohli was in the news again when he decided to walk thinking that he had edged a Mohammad Amir delivery to the wicketkeeper during India’s game against Pakistan. Former England spinner Graeme Swann is mightily impressed.
In his recent podcast which is titled ‘Swanny’s Cricket Show’, Swann recalled Kohli’s walking incident and said that it proved the Indian captain was so honest that he could easily be termed a ‘modern day Jesus’
“I’ve always hated non-walkers and I’ve had an argument with every batsman in the game, (and they say) ‘Nah, you should wait for the umpire, it’s the umpire’s job’. It’s cheating I think. If you nick it and you stand there, you know you’ve knicked it and you know you’re out, and if you use the excuse: ‘Oh I’m letting the umpire decide whether I have or not’, you’re still cheating. You’re cheating yourself more than anything. Virat walked off and it turned out he didn’t even hit it. So he is that honest, he’s given himself out when he’s even not! Honestly, he is a modern day Jesus,” said an elated Swann.
Swann didn’t stop in his praise for Kohli just yet and when he was asked how he felt about India’s progress at the World Cup, he just couldn’t stop talking about Kohli, calling him his ‘favourite human being on the planet’.
“First off all, they are led by my favourite human being on the planet at the minute, Virat Kohli. He is transcending what a normal cricketer is like. He is using his position in India as a superstar among people and a role model for good. And I’ll tell you why, he walked off the field yesterday. Not only did he do the Steve Smith thing when he said ‘stop booing, clap him’, which was great because you know I hate the booing of people. It’s boorish, it’s pathetic…it’s Brexit! It’s horrible,” added Swann.
India are currently on the 3rd spot in the World Cup points table with 4 more games remaining in the league stage. Virat Kohli’s men will next take the field against West Indies on June 27 in Manchester.