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Motivational Story – When Virat Kohli gifted car to his coach Rajkumar Sharma on teacher’s day

Virat Kohli’s Cricket Coach Rajkumar Sharma answered the bell and found Vikas (Kohli’s elder brother) at the door. His brother’s arrival at his house so early in the day was cause for concern. Vikas stepped into the house, dialed a number and handed his cell phone to Raj Kumar. ‘Happy teacher’s Day Sir,’ said Virat, even as Vikas thrust something into Rajkumar’s palms — a bunch of keys. A gleaming Skoda Rapid was parked at the gate — a gift from Virat to his mentor. “It was not merely because he had gifted me the car. It was because of his emotional touch to the process of reminding me how much he treasured our association, and valued the role of a teacher in his life.”

Funny Story – This is how Virat Kohli got the name ‘Chikoo’

While being part of Ranji Trophy playing team at Mumbai, one evening, he returned to the hotel with his hair nicely cropped. He has spotted a fancy hair salon close by and given himself a new look. ‘How is it?’ he asked excitedly. ‘Not bad, you look like a Chikoo (Sapodilla),” joked the assistant coach standing there. The name struck. Chikoo. Virat didn’t mind it all.

Virat Kohli – Then and now, this is what his coach Rajkumar Sharma feels about him

I still remember the day when a 10-year-old Virat came to my coaching camp. Today as an Indian captain when he comes for a net session, I don’t find any difference. He is still the same old little Virat for me. Nothing has changed for him

When Virat Kohli wished Dronacharya Award for his coach Rajkumar Sharma

When Virat Kohli got the Arjuna Award in 2013, I was there at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and he told me then next time I would be receiving Droancharya and he would be applauding from the audience. Rajkumar Sharma got the Dronacharya Award in 2016.

When Jagmohan Dalmiya asked Sourav Ganguly to become India’s coach

When I got into administration, I was desperate to be the coach of the national side. (Jagmohan) Dalmiya called me and said ‘why don’t you try for six months’. He passed away and none was around, so I became the CAB president. People take 20 years to become president. You have to live for the day.

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