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Virat Kohli bowled over by demonetisation drive; calls it 'greatest move in history of Indian politics'

Visakhapatnam: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, on Wednesday described the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation move as the greatest in the country's political history.

 Virat Kohli bowled over by demonetisation drive; calls it greatest move in history of Indian politics

Virat Kohli. AFP

"For me, it's the greatest move I've seen in the history of Indian politics by far, hands down. I've been so impressed by it. It's unbelievable," Kohli told the news conference on the eve of the second Test against England in Visakhatpatnam.

With the Indian Government's move to make the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes no more a legal tender, Kohli said he could now put his autograph on them and distribute to his fans. He also talked about an incident he had at Rajkot where he took his old notes out but forgot that they weren't applicable anymore.

"I was taking out my old money while paying my hotel bill in Rajkot. I forgot that it's not of any use anymore. I could have actually signed on it and given it to people. It's that useless now," he said on a lighter note.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on that all Rs 500 and 1000 notes would be legally invalid from 9 November. The move was taken in order to counter the menace of black money that has plagued the economy.

India head to Visakhapatnam, where they face England in the second Test of the five-match series starting Thursday. The first Test at Rajkot ended in a draw, with Kohli producing a gritty 49 not out to save India from losing their first Test on home soil in four years.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 16, 2016 15:47:00 IST