India's batting superstar Virat Kohli has admitted his "temper has been an issue". The Delhi dasher has got into a lot of trouble over his aggression since the start of his career and it has affected his image among fans and former players.
"My temper has been an issue for me, It's been very hard for me to control at times. When I came in I had tattoos, I used to dress up a certain way, do things I felt were fine for me, but didn't go towards the typical moral behaviour of a cricketer in India", Kohli said, as quoted by CNN.
"But I knew in my heart I was working hard on my sport. There is no particular moral code for how you should think and behave just because you are a cricketer. If you don't see the results then you have the right to criticise."
The 27-year-old was in the news for breach of discipline as recently as February — he was fined 30% of his match fee for verbally abusing the umpire during an Asia Cup T20 match in Pakistan.
What is associated with Kohli is the immense self-belief and confidence that he shows on the field that rubs off on his batting. The superstar has maintained that this is directly proportionate to the growing confidence of his generation in India.
"When we go abroad people are speaking about our country and are being surprised at how expressive we've become. I feel every sportsman should have that killer instinct because you need to be proud of the ability you have, not in an arrogant way but in a confident way."
"I am here, I am good enough, and I am going to express that because it helps me be the best I can be."