Proteas Former Captain Faf Du Plessis, who has shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore dressing room with Virat Kohli, heaped praises on India’s one of the greatest batter ever and said is an ardent admirer of the the kind of enthusiasm and energy the former Indian captain brings to the game.
During a conversation on The Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel, Plessis said, “I had played against him for so long. He is one of the most competitive guys in the world of cricket to play against. You sit there and you go – how does this guy have so much energy? Every single time a wicket falls, doesn’t matter if it’s a No.11 or an opening batter, his passion for celebration is like you just have to go, ‘I’ll take my hats off to you’. He’s superhuman.”
Virat Kohli is no longer the captain of his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Du Plessis was named captain of the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 season after Kohli stepped down from the post. And since then, the camaraderie between the two developed naturally and partnership begun. When Faf was asked about the difficulties of managing and captaining a superstar like Kohli in the IPL, the 38-year-old went on to say, “He’s a much bigger offer than me. You don’t try and compete. The ego is the thing where peacocks generally clash. Then like the feathers come out and you want to see who has got the shiniest in the room. Luckily, I get that about people and relationships.”
Plessis also claimed that he has always believed in building relationships rather than outdoing his teammates,“ I don’t try and outshine someone else in the dressing room. I try and build a relationship. With Virat, that was exactly my point of entry.” Du Plessis added.
Du Plessis also added that he also saw the gentler and kinder side of the always aggressive guy when he was teammate with him, “When you play with him, you see there is the other side, which is this caring guy that just wants to play cricket, and actually a really family guy. He’s amazing.”