Indian captain Virat Kohli’s relationship with his father is a well-versed one. Much like batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, every time he looks above to celebrate a milestone, Kohli remembers his late father.
The tale of Kohli’s professionalism is a household folklore by now, where on the day his father expired, he resumed playing Ranji cricket for Delhi, and then performed the final rites of his father.
While talking to India’s football captain, Sunil Chettri, Kohli revealed about the career-changing advice he received from his father which helped him achieve great heights in international cricket.
Kohli’s father asked him to balance between playing cricket as well as concentrate on his studies to ensure a fall-back plan in the future.
“My father was very clear that you have to study along with playing. Only when you can say ‘I am 200 percent confident that I will be able to make a career out of this,’ then only you will focus on that one thing,” Kohli told Chhetri during an online interaction.
The social media handle of ICC also shared the inspirational advice via quote card through its post, which captioned, “India skipper Virat Kohli shared some advice from his father that helped him keep his horizons broad while growing up.”
During the intriguing conversation between the two skippers who lead both franchises of Bangalore in IPL as well as ISL (Indian Super League), Chettri put Kohli into the hot-seat via a rapid-fire round.
There, Chettri asked Kohli about one knock in international cricket which the latter wished he played. “The one knock in international cricket you wished you had played?” asked Bengaluru FC captain. “1998 desert storm,” Kohli replied instantly.
“Which one, the first one in the semi-final or the final?” Chettri enquired further. To which Kohli chose the first one. “The first one where we qualified for the final,” Kohli said.