New Delhi: Virat Kohli is the toast of the cricketing world. He is adored and revered in India, his team is in awe of him, opponents fear him, former players advise new captains to never sledge the man and young cricketers from different parts of the world look at him with starry-eyed admiration.
India’s 28-year-old has captain earned this adulation. He smashed 2595 runs in international cricket last year and led India to a record nine Test victories. There were three ODI hundreds in just 10 matches and other exploits in T20 Internationals. And do not forget the Indian Premier League, where 973 runs came from his bat.
Kohli’s story has been told time and again in different forums. Maybe the young cricket star’s life is not yet as well-documented as MS Dhoni’s or Sachin Tendulkar’s but there are aspects of his youth that will stay etched in the memories of cricket fans for years.
And just in case there were those who needed some reminding, Kohli has released a short video on his life. The clip opens with a Kohli in the team bus walking down a memory lane. He remembers the day he drove to the stadium even after being told of his father’s death. He still played a Ranji game for Delhi against Karnataka. That was a promise he had made, he had promised to play and not fulfilling that promise would have been a sin.
There are shots of a young child training at home and batting at the nets with a burning dream in his eyes. The dream was to play for India. The young child in the video does go on to wear the India blues. The video soon cuts to Kohli getting off the team to wild cheers. Soon, the young man, crestfallen after the death of his father, is a global star.
Kohli, today, has the fastest ODI hundred by an Indian. He has 27 ODI hundreds, no captain has more Test double hundreds than him and he is already one of India’s most successful Test captains.