Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli is hailed as the modern legend of the game. It is his passion for this game and for winning matches for his team which has helped Virat Kohli become one of the most successful International cricketers. His achievements and persona are highly inspirational for youngsters.
Undeterred by any situation in his life or the game, Virat has always tried to finish the game with his self-determination, talent, and ability to win. In happiness or in pain, Virat has not let his game suffer and the first signs of his love and dedication towards the game came as early as a teenager trying to break into the big league.
Vijay Lokapally Shared An Emotional Story About Virat Kohli
Meanwhile, veteran cricket journalist Mr. Vijay Lokapally, who has seen Virat’s journey from the closest shared, a life-turning moment of the former captain and made him a man from a young boy. Speaking to ‘My Cricket Story’, Vijay Lokapally shared an emotional story about the star batter from his under-19 days when he used to play for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy.
Virat Kohli was only 18 when his father Prem left him. He was 54 when he died. It was in the wee hours on December 19, 2006, that Kohli’s father succumbed to a heart attack. During the difficult time, Kohli was playing a Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka. He was batting on 40 overnight. Much to everyone’s surprise, Kohli returned to the field, despite losing his father, and went on to score 90 to save Delhi from a follow-on.
Lokapally sir shared this emotional story as an example of how Virat learned to handle responsibility from an early age. While a century is considered as a milestone in this game of cricket, however, this gritty knock by Kohli on a difficult track to help Delhi, when he himself was dealing so much pain, is nothing less than an inspiration. And Kohli has many such responsible knocks under his name.
Watch the video here:
“I called my (Delhi) coach in the morning. I said I wanted to play, because for me not completing a cricket game is a sin.”
“That was a moment that changed me as a person. The importance this sport holds in my life is very, very high,”
Here, you can watch the rare video of Virat Kohli, which shows how the cricketer played an important knock after his father’s death. Watch the video:
Rare footage- 2007 news report
A boy called Virat Kohli Delhi batted at the Kotla hours after tragically losing his father, Delhi drew the match, he got a 50, needless to say the man went on to become the most loved cricketer in Indian history.#HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/nUSK5tDumS
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