To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best.
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently described Mohammad Amir as the toughest bowler he has faced in international cricket. “In recent times, Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be on your A game when you’re facing him or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler!” It is very rare that Indian or Pakistani players praising each other. Responding to Kohli’s latest remarks, the Pakistani pacer said he was floored with the India captain’s assessment of his bowling. Amir said “It is a great gesture on his part to praise someone and I am floored at his praise of my bowling. The way he presented me with the bat in Kolkata is an ever green memory for me.”
Motivational Story of Virat Kohli – When his father’s death changed him as a person and made him much more matured person
Virat Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, at the age of 18. He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father’s death and went on to score 90. He went directly to the funeral after he was dismissed. Delhi captain Mithun Manhas said, “That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial,” while coach Chetan Chauhan lauded Kohli’s “attitude and determination.” His mother noted that “Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It’s as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father’s dream which was his own too.” He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in that season.
Virat Kohli has admitted that he is superstitious. He wears black wristbands as a cricket superstition; earlier, he used to wear the same pair of gloves with which he had “been scoring”. Apart from a religious black thread, he has also been wearing a kara on his right arm since 2012.
Virat Kohli was 3 years old when he would pick up a cricket bat, start swinging it and ask his father to bowl at him. Kohli was raised in Delhi and started his schooling there. In 1998, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was created, and Kohli, a nine-year-old, was part of its first intake. Kohli’s father Prem Kohli, took him to the academy after their neighbors suggested that Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club. Kohli trained at the academy and also played local matches at the same time. He oozed talent. It was so difficult to keep him quiet. He was a natural in whatever he did. He also had a positive attitude. He was ready to bat at any spot. Due to his talent and hard work, Virat Kohli has become a great asset of Indian Cricket team. But unfortunately, Kohli’s father died in 2006 due to a stroke after being bed-ridden for a month. Regarding his early life, Kohli has said in an interview, “I’ve seen a lot in life. Losing my father at a young age, the family business not doing too well, staying in a rented place. There were tough times for the family… It’s all embedded in my memory.” According to Kohli, his father supported his cricket training during his childhood, “My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice everyday. I miss his presence sometimes.”