RISE OF VIRAT KOHLI: THE UNTOLD STORY
Virat Kohli The Indian captain and one of the best cricketer today in the world but let’s see how was his determination that helped him to become one of the best cricketer today.
So in 2006, It was a cold and difficult day for the Delhi Ranji team. They lost 5 wickets chasing Karnataka’s mammoth first innings total. With half of the side back in the hut on the 2nd day itself, it was an uphill task for Kohli and Co. to save the match. The 18-year-old walked out and along with wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht helped reach Delhi 103 at the end of the day’s play, without losing another wicket. Kohli stood solid and unbeaten at 40, but Delhi still needed to go a long way with the last recognized pair in the middle.
But that night the world turned for him as he came to know about the death of his 54 year old father Mr. Premji Kohli. Now kohli was having an awful choice whether to cremate his father or to go and help his team. The news of his father’s demise had already travelled through the dressing room.
But the next day all of his teammates, opposition and even the match officials were shocked to see Virat arriving in dressing room wearing full cricketing gear. He chose to go and bat he chose his determination he chose his passion and that was his what his father wanted him to do.
He played for 281 minutes and faced 238 balls. When he was declared out after scoring a match-saving 90, just before lunch though the bat had brushed the pad as replays showed, his team was clearly out of trouble, with only 36 runs needed to avoid the follow-on.
He knew that his father was gone. But he surely knew Delhi needed him and match could be saved. He just wanted to fulfil his father’s dreams, knowing that some part of his life would never be the same. This shows how big a team man he is.