Gen next cricketer
Virat Kohli has already played over 50 One Day International games and Twenty20 cricket for India—and been a part of the World Cup winning team. Kohli, who started playing at the age of 17, lost his father when he was playing for the Under-19 team. A personal tragedy, and a career that needed all his attention, Kohli managed to deal with both, showing a sense of maturity and balance.
SUPPORT SYSTEM “My journey in cricket started when my dad enrolled me in the West Delhi Cricket Academy,” he recalls. The cricketer believes that it was the encouragement of his father and the support from his coach Raj Kumar that has helped him get to where he is now.
THE INSPIRATION The cricketer who is the No 3 batsman feels that his job is
to deliver consistent performances. “I’m happy when I score a hundred,” he says, later adding, “But you can’t score runs in every series, and that is why a good mindset is required to keep up the pace.
TEST DEBUT Kohli, who had his first Test experience against West Indies in June this year, says, “This was a great moment for me, and it gives me a certain high now that I’m playing in all three formats.
“It’s important for me that my teammates should look at me as a responsible person. This is what gives me confidence.”
VIRAT KOHLI, 23, Cricketer
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