Jayant Yadav Says Virat Kohli is a Dominant Personality both on and off the Field

Jayant Yadav – who had played four Tests and one ODI during the 2016-17 season and nearly cemented his place as the third spinner in subcontinent conditions after R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, shared that India captain Virat Kohli is a dominant personality – be it on or off the field.

However, the spinner didn’t feature for India since the Test against Australia at Pune in 2017, which India lost a well. He got a stress fracture of the finger and was out of the Ranji Trophy in the 2017-18 season after which he hasn’t been featured yet. However, he is hoping for a good Ranji season to be back in the action.

“You can’t always think about getting into a particular team. Only 15 people are selected. It’s a very competitive sport,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

Yadav had also refused to blame his injury for his current state and instead chose to hope for the better. He also thinks that he had enough opportunities. Meanwhile, the highest point in his international career was the 104 against England in the third Test in Mumbai, where he shared a whopping partnership of 241 runs with Virat Kohli. While recalling the knock, he said that batting with Kohli was ‘fun’

“Virat never let the pressure get to me,” he revealed. “He was telling me, ‘Play however you are doing. Don’t think too much about getting runs, or what will this bowler bowl in his next spell. Just play every ball. Build it, build it.’ It was like things just fell into place. Actually, I was out, I don’t know at what score but I nicked the ball off Moeen Ali. But they didn’t have a review remaining.”

He further revealed that the opponents kept putting fielders back because Virat Kohli was hitting boundaries all over the park. He added that Kohli’s dominant personality on and off the field makes life easier for his batting partner.

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