Theme for Virat Kohli-led India: All for one and one for all

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Yesterday night was a revelation to all of us,” emphasised Virat Kohli, his face suddenly contorting, like when you spot something paranormal, the eyeballs almost jumping out of its socket, evoking a winking smile from Anil Kumble, seated beside him. “That was a side of Anil bhai that we never explored,” he added, conceding genuine surprise when Kumble took them to a drum circle session after the practice match in Alur. Soon after they reached Bangalore on Sunday, understandably expended after a rigorous day that involved a nearly-100 km wade through the city traffic, Kumble informed them about a get-together in the night. Naturally, Kohli and Co assumed it must be a serious brainstorming session. They were in for a real shock, than surprise. “We thought it would be a serious session, but it turned out to be a fun session. We were surprised by Anil bhai,” he said. It was natural for Kohli to feel a trifle astounded at the latest team-bonding exercise by Kumble. For the general perception of the man, over the decades, is one of gravitas and sternness. In his bespectacled, moustachioed days, he looked every bit the nerd, immersed forever in plotting a batsman fall. Even after he shed the glasses and spotted the French beard, the geekiness stuck on to him. Of course, several of his contemporaries swear by his funny side. But for the outsider, he was always serious, and in equal measure studious. “Maybe, it’s because we never worked with him from a close quarter,” Kohli confided. “Yesterday night was a revelation to all of us,” emphasised Virat Kohli, his face suddenly contorting, like when you spot something paranormal, the eyeballs almost jumping out of its socket, evoking a winking smile from Anil Kumble, seated beside him. “That was a side of Anil bhai that we never explored,” he added, conceding genuine surprise when Kumble took them to a drum circle session after the practice match in Alur. Soon after they reached Bangalore on Sunday, understandably expended after a rigorous day that involved a nearly-100 km wade through the city traffic, Kumble informed them about a get-together in the night. Naturally, Kohli and Co assumed it must be a serious brainstorming session. They were in for a real shock, than surprise. “We thought it would be a serious session, but it turned out to be a fun session. We were surprised by Anil bhai,” he said. It was natural for Kohli to feel a trifle astounded at the latest team-bonding exercise by Kumble. For the general perception of the man, over the decades, is one of gravitas and sternness. In his bespectacled, moustachioed days, he looked every bit the nerd, immersed forever in plotting a batsman fall. Even after he shed the glasses and spotted the French beard, the geekiness stuck on to him. Of course, several of his contemporaries swear by his funny side. But for the outsider, he was always serious, and in equal measure studious. “Maybe, it’s because we never worked with him from a close quarter,” Kohli confided.

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