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Virat Kohli: Shane Warne made me look ‘stupid’ in IPL 2009

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has revealed how tough it was to bat against Shane Warne in IPL 2009. He made me look 'stupid', said the India captain

Virat Kohli Shane Warne made me look stupid in IPL 2009
Bengaluru, First Published May 18, 2020, 5:27 PM IST

Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli has recalled the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2009) when the Australian spin legend Shane Warne made him look “stupid”. That year, the cash-rich Twenty20 league was played in South Africa.

On Sunday evening (May 17), Kohli was in conversation with Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Instagram. During the live chat session, Chhetri asked Kohli about a situation when the team needs three runs off the final ball of the match and which bowler he would choose between Warne and Pakistan’s Waqar Younis.

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To this, Kohli said, “I would choose Waqar Younis. Firstly, because, Shane Warne hardly bowled at the death. Secondly, I would believe in myself in hitting his yorkers. I would back myself (against Waqar). Shane Warne, he made me look stupid in IPL 2009. I played him again in 2011 in Rajasthan, he was the captain, nothing significant happened there. I played decent. He did not get me out, I did not score many runs against him. I remained not out and we (Royal Challengers Bangalore) won the game. After the match he came up to me and said ‘never say anything back to the bowler’, but obviously I did not listen (laughs).”

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Virat Kohli Shane Warne made me look stupid in IPL 2009

Kohli has been with RCB since the start of the IPL in 2008. He is now the captain of the Bengaluru franchise. Under Warne’s captaincy, Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the inaugural edition of the IPL.

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