Legendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has praised Indian skipper Virat Kohli for wearing the pick gear during the fourth and final Test match at Sydney in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The third day of the January Test in Australia is often regarded as the ‘Pink Day’ in order to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. The charity, which is dedicated to Glenn McGrath’s late wife Jane McGrath, sees the appointment of breast care nurses across Australia.
For that particular day, the website of the Sydney Cricket Ground always encourages the spectators to “wear pink and donate generously”.
Glenn McGrath loved seeing Kohli coming out in pink gear and shared that it was an incredible gesture by the Indian captain.
McGrath said, “The fact that Virat Kohli came out the other day, with pink on his gloves, the pads, the bat, the grip, was a very special and an incredible gesture. I love the Kohli plays the game, he is aggressive. When he walks off the field, he is a good human being, a really good person.”
He added, “Virat’s humility, the fact that he is a humble person off the field, is a sign of greatness. It is not just on the field but how you carry yourself off the field too that is so important. I have a lot of respect for him.”
The 48-year-old former cricketer also had the opportunity to have a conversation with the Indian skipper and he praised the world number one for the way he conducts himself both on and off the field.
He concluded, “He’s been very friendly, very respectful. A confident man on and off the field. He has led the team passionately and motivated his men so well in this series. To me, he is the best batsman in the world. Kohli shows his quality when he is in the middle. Great technique, great temperament. When he gets a loose delivery, he puts it away. Never misses out. That is the sign of a great batsman.”
Both the teams will now shift their focus to the upcoming One-Day International series starting in Sydney on January 12.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar