Gen next crick­eter

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: vi­ by Shilpa Me­hta

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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