Friday, November 27, 2020

Virat Kohli made it as if we’ve known each other forever: Adam Zampa on his 1st day at RCB


Virat Kohli’s on-field image is that of an extremely passionate but an equally aggressive guy who likes to take the attack to the opposition be it with his bat or mouth but once off the park, he is “the most chilled guy” as experienced by his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Adam Zampa.

Zampa, the Aussie leg-spinner, played his first season for RCB at the Indian Premier League 2020 in the United Arab Emirates but not for once did he feel like a newbie in the team set up thanks to skipper Kohli.

Zampa, who will be bowling to Kohli very soon in the upcoming ODI series between Australia and India, recalled how Kohli made him feel comfortable right from the first day he arrived in Dubai to join the Royal Challengers squad.

“Zamps, here’s the $15 off voucher at a vegan restaurant from Deliveroo. It’s a really good restaurant,” read the message that Kohli sent to Zampa on Day 1.

“It was the first day I arrived [and] he WhatsApped me. I didn’t have his number. He made it as if we’ve known each other forever,” Zampa was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Zampa then went on to add that Kohli is completely different from what he is made out to be on the outside.

“He’s absolutely not what you see on the cricket field. He always brings his intensity to training and the game; he loves competition, he hates losing as much as anyone. He probably shows it more than anyone.

“Once he’s off the park, he’s the most chilled guy. He’s watching YouTube clips on the bus, he’ll laugh out loud. There was a cricket clip recently from cricket.com.au, there was a funny run out, he was laughing about it for three weeks’ straight. He loves holding onto jokes like that,” Zampa said.

“He talks about coffee, travelling, food”

Zampa also recalled how Kohli recommended a meat Burger to him even though he is a vegetarian himself. They also bonded over coffee, something which Zampa is extremely passionate about.

“He talks about coffee, travelling, food ‘Zamps, do you want a Beyond Meat burger?’ because he’s a vegetarian himself. He’s a really cultured guy. He’s good to talk to, good fun.

“One night he took me aside and talked to me about his travels through Nepal. He’s always talking to me about his new coffee machine. He’s a pretty normal bloke. The one thing you take away from spending time with those guys is they’re as much of a human being as you are,” Zampa said.

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