New Delhi, July 28: India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli attended the opening day of Mumbai-leg of Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 on Saturday (July 27). The Indian batting superstar was given the honour of starting the event in Mumbai by singing the national anthem at Dome@NSCI Stadium.
The crowd at the indoor arena went euphoric watching country's most popular sporting icon attending the game of Pro Kabaddi as a guest. The Indian captain named Tamil Thalaivas' star raider Rahul Chaudhari as his favourite kabaddi player.
The Indian cricket captain went on to say that the camaradrie between Rahul and Tamil Thalaivas and Indian national kabaddi team captain Ajay Thakur reminds him of himself and MS Dhoni.
"Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur. They have a great camaraderie. So I think those two would be a direct copy of me and Mahi [Dhoni]," Kohli added.
"I have always been impressed with Rahul Chaudhari the most. I think he's got the personality and the game and the belief to be a top player. He has shown consistency over the years. Rahul is my favourite."
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While picking a team of Kabaddi from his India teammates, Kohli named MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul. The 30-year-old cricketer didn't even pick himself in the starting 7.
"It requires a lot of strength and athleticism. So I would say, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, and Umesh Yadav. Umesh is really strong. Rishabh Pant as well. I would say Bumrah because he can really work on a toe-touch. One more... I am not even going to include myself because these guys are stronger and more athletic. The last one would be KL Rahul. That's my seven," Virat Kohli told Star Sports.
While interacting with the crowd ahead of U Mumba's home game against Puneri Paltan, Kohli compared Dhoni with Patna Pirates' Pardeep Narwal for his powerful raiding skills. He compared Hardik Pandya with Bengaluru Bulls' raid machine Pawan Sehrawat.