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ac­tu­ally suc­ceed? “Hon­estly when you’re young, you just want to en­joy the game of cricket and that’s what I did. It was only when I got se­lected for the Delhi un­der- 15 team and then scored a dou­ble 100 for the un­der- 17 team that I re­alised I could prob­a­bly do more of this, much faster than the oth­ers in my age group.”

His con­fi­dence may be mis­taken for ar­ro­gance, but it’s far from that. Vi­rat has his head tightly screwed to his shoul­ders and un­der­stands well that things don’t al­ways go ac­cord­ing to plan. “I don’t aim to suc­ceed ev­ery­time I go out to play, and that’s what makes me suc­cess­ful. Ear­lier, I used to run af­ter suc­cess all the time, and then get de­pressed when I failed. But now I’ve taught my­self to just take things as they come, and con­sider fail­ures as part of my learn­ing curve.”

When he’s talk­ing about cricket, Vi­rat Kohli can go on and on with calm con­fi­dence— the way it has shaped his life (“I wouldn’t have been who I am if I wasn’t a crick­eter!”) and what it means to him. But try for a minute to shift the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing like re­la­tion­ships or women, and he’s sud­denly all sheep­ish eyes and the cheeky smile. “I don’t get women!”

Cot­ton shirt, Ro­hit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna; pants, Paul Smith; loafers, Steve Mad­den; flo­ral cardi­gan, Zara

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