Indian cricket's pin-up boy Virat Kohli spoke to NDTV in an exclusive chat on Tuesday. Excerpts from the conversation with the 23-year-old Delhi star:
On Mahendra Singh Dhoni as his captain: One thing I like about him (Dhoni) is his calmness. I wish I could have some of it. He is someone who doesn't disclose too much which would let opposition know about what's going on in his mind. Wish I could get some of it.
On life without Sachin Tendulkar: For 23 years, he has taught us how to perform with so many people expecting you to score a century everyday. It is unbelievable. Growing up, I could never imagine a team without Tendulkar but someday, one needs to take that (retirement) decision.
On Tendulkar's love for music: "He loved a selected few songs. He is a great fan of Kishore Kumar but he made me listen to old English songs with meaningful melody. As far as I am concerned, I am listening to Swedish House Mafia a lot these days apart from popular Punjabi numbers.
On Yuvraj Singh: Courage and mental strength are two things one can learn from Yuvraj. The challenges that he has faced in life and career is something that one can learn from.
On Gavaskar comparing him to Pataudi: You feel humbled when you are compared with a legend like Nawab of Pataudi by another legend Sunil Gavaskar.
On Food: Food in Delhi once you start, you can't stop eating. Delhi and Kolkata food makes you lazy. Mom and bhabhi are not allowed to cook curries at home. I would rather order a Subway (sandwich) or have grilled chicken. I don't go out to eat in Indian restaurants, prefer Japanese or Chinese.
Story first published on: Tuesday, 29 January 2013 21:26 IST