Driven: The Virat Kohli Story by Vijay LokapallyBut even defied figures have to begin somewhere. His family didn’t always have it good. His father, a criminal lawyer, succumbed to a celebral stroke when Virat was very young, depriving him of someone he calls his ‘biggest support’ both on and off the field. The son paid his tribute to Prem Kohli in a way the older man himself would have applauded: Virat Kohli returned to the field to continue an innings a few hours after he lost him. ‘He was the one who drove me to practice every day, ’ the captain of the Indian cricket team recalls with his characteristic humility and grace.
Widely read sports journalist Vijay Lokapally goes on to record happier times on the journey of Virat’s rapid rise to international stardom, an account punctuated by little-known stories by his fellow players, coaches and intimates.
At 28, he has already been the recipient of countless accolades — not the least of them being the Arjuna Award and the title of BCCI’s ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ for the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons. He was the ICC’s ‘ODI Player of the Year’ as early as in 2012. On a more commercial note, British journal SportsPro pronounced him the ‘second-most marketable athlete in the world’ just two years later.
But for the Run Machine, it’s not about the money or fame or the roar of the crowds or that women of all ages vie for the wide-eyed attention of his extraordinary gaze. Few incidences have been reported of his open hearted altruism, his numerous charities for under-privileged children and his sheer pluck when the odds are against him.
But what has not escaped the public eye is how this wizard of the willow and wicket wears his heavy mantle with such insouciant ease.
Sivaji's grandson Vikram Prabhu on cloud nine as Virat Kohli wishes his son happy birthday
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A right-handed top-order batsman , Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. Since October , he has been the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and is currently 2nd in Test rankings. Initially having played as a reserve batsman in the Indian team, he soon established himself as a regular in the ODI middle-order and was part of the squad that won the World Cup. Kohli was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team in and handed over the Test captaincy following Mahendra Singh Dhoni 's Test retirement in In early , he became the limited-overs captain as well after Dhoni stepped down from the position.
Such is the life of a sportsperson that no matter how adroitly you dealt with the previous challenge, the next one is just around the corner and much like in a video game it will be harder, it will come from unexpected directions and will test you on a whole new level. Even if your name is Virat Kohli, a man who has won almost everything that there is to win World Cup, Champions Trophy and broken almost every record that there is to break. The India captain and undisputed best batsman in the world turns 30 and looks at the peak of his powers and has never looked fitter. What separates best from the good is the hunger to do better every single time and right the wrongs of the past. Take the recent tour of England for example; most watchers had doubts whether Virat would be able to deal with nemesis James Anderson who made his life miserable in Boy, did we get an emphatic answer?
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Famous astrologer Greenstone Lobo has made an announcement that will disappoint all those Indian cricket fans who believe in his soothsaying abilities. The main reason cited by him for this prophecy is the birth year of India captain Virat Kohli. Lobo, who is an astrologer that claims to use scientific methods in his calculations, said that if Virat Kohli had been born in or , he would have been likely to lead his side to triumph. However, Kohli was born in and hence, would have to face disappointment, as per the analysis of the Mumbai-based astrologer. In fact, so keen was Lobo to foresee better prospects for the Indian team that he called Kohli's coach, Rajkumar Sharma to enquire if the cricketer was actually older than his declared age. I hoped desperately that I would get or as the real year of the Indian captain's birth.