As star cricketer Virat Kohli turned 34 today, players from all over the world took to social media to wish the batsman. The day is widely celebrated by its fans and cricket enthusiasts. All things Kohli related are trending on his big day. An old DailyExpertNews news item about Virat Kohli’s 2006 innings also went viral on the internet today.
The videoposted by a user named ₹ (handle @ffsvirat) on Twitter and wrote: “Rare images – news report from 2007. A boy named Virat Kohli hit Delhi hours after his father’s tragic loss to the Kotla, Delhi pulled the match , He got a 50, needless to say the man became the most beloved cricketer in Indian history.”
In the early morning of December 19, 2006, Virat Kohli’s father, Mr. Prem Kohli, died of a heart attack at the age of 54. At the same time, Kohli played a Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka. He hit 40 at night. As a surprise to his teammates, Kohli returned and scored 90 to save the Delhi team from a sequel. He was also awarded the ‘Man of the Match’.
The video also shows former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley meeting him at the then Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium. In the same news story, his teammates mention that Kohli didn’t talk much in between taking runs. One of the players added: “He was very close to his father and it (his death) hurt him deeply.”
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It should be noted that the relatives and neighbors visited the grieving family while Kohli was on the pitch to score points for his team, again proving “Team above all else”. According to the report, he arrived just in time for the father’s cremation.
Vikas Kohli, the brother of Virat Kohli, also spoke about how the elderly in the family told the cricketer not to go to the match. But then the family agreed. Mr Vikas said: “He made the decision and we told him that if you have to go, you have to go.”
Virat Kohli is currently in Australia for the ongoing T20 World Cup. The batter is back in form, as he scored three and a half centuries in the four games played in the cup. He was also the star player of the Indian team in the Asian Cup held in September this year.
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