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.
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Motivational Story of Virat Kohli – When his father’s death changed him as a person and made him much more matured person
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.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni studied at a school in Ranchi, Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports. Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club. Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard. Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station for almost 3 years. His colleagues remember him as a very honest, straightforward employee of the Indian Railways.