'No one in the team believes in my bowling,' says Virat Kohli

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 02, 2019, 10:11 PM IST

Virat Kohli. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Kohli explained why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made a witty remark on his bowling skills, saying that no one in the team takes his bowling seriously except himself. 

In a recent practice session, Kohli was seen bowling in the nets ahead of India's World Cup campaign opener against South Africa on June 5. 

Kohli also explained why his teammates do not believe in his bowling and why he has not bowled in international cricket since December 2017. 

During an interview, he said, "It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said 'no joking around, it is an international game'." 

"No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do," he added. 

After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle)," said Kohli to host broadcaster of the World Cup.

Watch Kohli bowling in the nets:


Talking about his bowling skills, Kohli has taken four wickets in ODIs and as many in T20s. 

He has bowled 163 balls in Test cricket but the wickets column remains empty.

During the same interview, Kohli also shared that he used to England's James Anderson's bowling action and shared an anecdote. 

"I used to follow James Anderson's action when I was at the academy (in Delhi). Later, when I got to play alongside him, I told him about that story. We both had a good laugh over it," Kohli said. 

(With inputs from agencies)