Virat Kohli is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer: Moeen Ali

Ahead of the game against India, Moeen Ali in a blog post has written about the high expectations from Indian cricketers, his relationship with Virat Kohli and more
Virat Kohli is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer: Moeen AliVirat Kohli is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer: Moeen Ali
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India will take on hosts England at Birmingham on Sunday. It is a must win encounter for the hosts as a loss there would make it difficult for them to qualify for the semi-finals. They need to come back strongly after two demoralizing defeats against Sri Lanka Australia.

Ahead of the big clash, Moeen Ali has written about the high expectations on Team India's cricketers and his relationship with Virat Kohli in a blog post for The Guardian.  

Here are some of the excerpts:

"The pressure of being the home side shouldn't be a factor. Our next opponent, India, are a good reminder of this because we don’t have to deal with nearly the same amount of expectation as they do. They are superstars back home. Win and they are showered with praise, lose and they are on the receiving end of harsh criticism. And they aren’t able to lead everyday lives when they’re not playing because of the attention they receive."

"I have seen this first hand playing alongside Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League. We have known each other since our under-19 days but over the past couple of years, at Royal Challengers Bangalore, we have become good friends. I don’t want to pump his tyres up too much before a big game but he is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer."

"People see him on the field and think they know him; that’s he’s this intense, fiery character. But away from cricket he’s a very chilled guy. He loves a bit of banter, either giving it or taking it – although to be honest, not many people dare to give it to him. It’s like how Jonny Bairstow and David Warner became friends at their IPL team. But then switching to become opponents in international cricket is very easy."

"Virat knows he’s there to score runs for India, while I’m here to get him out (or score some myself). It means a lot to get a player like him out but you can be still be friends trying to do it. I grew up playing against friends and cousins in the park and it was some of the most competitive cricket I have played. The key here is respect."

Virat Kohli, who has amassed four consecutive half-centuries in the tournament will be keen to go on and get a big score against the hosts at Birmingham on Sunday.

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