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'Proper big dog' coming to County, Moeen Ali on Kohli

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Some assumptions in the dressing room are sure to come crashing down when "proper big dog" joins the side, said England all-rounder Ali as he reflected on the Indian captain's much talked-about county stint next month.

While there aren't too many big local names in the squad, there are a few international stars in the line-up, headlined by South Africa's Morne Morkel, Tom Curran, and Australia's and

and his compatriot are playing under for the Royal Challengers in IPL.

"I know a few of the guys and they are not what people make them out to be a lot of the time. But if anyone in that dressing room does think they are a big dog, they will need to sit down for a little while because there is a proper big dog coming," was quoted as saying by 'The Guardian'.

Moeen and Woakes also rejected the perception that the Indian is intimidating and aggressive.

"You see him on the field and people might think he's arrogant but it is the complete opposite. He's so humble it is almost weird how nice he is. He's the biggest name in but will ring me to check I'm OK or ask if I fancy lunch.

"Sometimes a will invite the squad to their house for a meal and it would be easy for him to say no. But he would always go. I can say with certainty that anyone who has a bad word doesn't know the guy," he said.

Endorsing Moeen's view, Woakes added: "You have your perceptions of someone like Virat, who is quite passionate, emotional, in your face and plays it hard. But off the field he's very calm and you can chat about anything.

"He's very down to earth and for someone who has such huge pressures and public focus in India, to see him go about his business in this way quite refreshing."

Woakes went to the extent of saying that any other of the team is irrelevant when is around.

"In my first year of IPL I found as an you get a lot of attention walking through airports in But having him in the team the No 1, the we're almost irrelevant.

"It makes you realise what his life is like. So county will be much more chilled and he'll enjoy that. Playing at smaller grounds, that will be an experience too. Having spoken to him about it, he loves touring other countries it's a release."

The English paceman also spoke of how Kohli approaches a match.

"Around 30 minutes before the bus leaves for a match, he does what he calls a priming session' in the gym. It's like a short burst of Olympic weightlifting.

"It's certainly different but it works for him. Overall, his fitness work is having a serious impact on the next generation of Indian players. He's leaner, fitter, more agile than those before.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 18:35 IST