Virat Kohli has over the years has elevated his game over the career spanning 11 years and counting. In his professional career, there has been a lot of ups and downs but thin which has been his self-belief in his skills and putting in hard work in whatever he puts his heart into it. Indian Captain, Virat Kohli become the only cricketer in the world to score more than 20,000 international runs in recently concluded series against West Indies.
He made his debut vs Sri Lanka at Dambulla and came as a replacement of an injured Virender Sehwag. In his first match, he was only able to score 18 runs in the match and didn’t score a single hundred until December 2009. At the stage where no one would have foreseen that Kohli would be one of the best cricketers in world cricket in years to come.
The sudden change came in 2011 and from there has been no looking back for Delhi born Player. He performed superbly at the Ranji as well as India level. All his hard work led to him being selected in the squad for the World Cup 2011 and captivated in the finals as he played a crucial knock against the Lankans. He scored 183 against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup a year later, which was followed by two impressive hundreds against Australia at home in 2013 which cemented his place as one of the most sensational talents.
A while back Delhi and District Cricket Association had released a statement that Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will rename as Arun Jaitley Stadium in the memory of its former president who passed away last month. Former Finance, Arun Jaitley Ji played a crucial role in the development of the Delhi players to represent Indian Cricket Team at the national level. The rechristening of the stadium was done to pay homage to the leader who served as DDCA president from 1999 to 2013.
The said event took place yesterday evening at the Weightlifting Auditorium of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. During the ceremony, the stand at famous cricket ground was named after India captain Virat Kohli. The event was attended by the Home Minister Amit Shah who digitally inaugurated the renamed Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in presence of late finance minister’s family.
During the ceremony, Virat Kohli became emotional post the launch of a new pavilion stand bearing his name at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Indian Captain Virat Kohli thanked the DDCA, his team members and his childhood coach. He was quoted saying that Never thought I would be honoured at such a grand scale. Don’t know how to address this as my family, wife, brother, sister-in-law are here.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli who are popularly known as Virushka, the event also once showed us glimpses of a perfect couple who are a pillar of strength for each other.
As per reports in the Times of India, “DDCA president Rajat Sharma recalled how Arun Jaitley praised Virat’s resolve and bravery when he went to play a match for the country even after his father’s death. Jaitley had predicted that one day, no one would be bigger than Virat when it came to cricket. Upon hearing this, Anushka was seen trying to hold back tears and showed support to Virat by holding his hand.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli who are popularly known as Virushka, the event also once showed us glimpses of a perfect couple who are a pillar of strength for each other. As per reports in the Times of India, “DDCA president Rajat Sharma recalled how Arun Jaitley praised Virat’s resolve and bravery when he went to play a match for the country even after his father’s death. Jaitley had predicted that one day, no one would be bigger than Virat when it came to cricket. Upon hearing this, Anushka was seen trying to hold back tears and showed support to Virat by holding his hand.
We also got to see Loving wife giving him gentle kisses on his hand during the evening. The two looked enamoured with each other as they exchanged smiles and happiness.
“It was in 2001 during a match against Zimbabwe, my childhood Coach Rajkumar Sharma gave me two tickets. I remember clinging to the gallery grill asking for Javagal Srinath’s autograph. I was telling my brother how far we have come.”
Kohli also paid respect to Arun Jaitley and spoke about the special bond that he shared with him and was quoted saying that“I told Arun Jaitley Ji’s family that the world knew him differently but I have known him just as a human being. He came to my residence after my father’s death and gave me courage and strength. It’s a momentous occasion today.”
The event was also attended by former sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and former India skipper Kapil Dev, among others.
On the work front, Indian Captain is only seven hundred short of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI hundreds. His next assignment is the T20I and Test series against South Africa. The first T20I match will take place on Sunday at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Squads are as follows –
T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
India’s squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk),Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill