Captain Virat Kohli has credited his father for showing him the right path and making him understand the importance of hard work and effort.
Answering the question, Virat Kohli narrated an incident when he was not selected in Delhi’s team and his father refused to offer of bride for getting his son selected.
“He told my father that while I had the merit to be selected, a little extra (possibly a bribe) was needed to confirm my selection,” Kohli said. “My father — an honest middle-class man who had worked hard all his life to become a successful lawyer — did not even understand what ‘little extra’ meant. My father simply said, ‘If you want to select Virat, then let it be purely on merit. I will give you nothing extra’.
“I didn’t get selected. And cried a lot; I was broken. But that incident taught me a lot. I realised that I had to be extraordinary to become successful, and that I had to achieve this purely through my own effort and hard work. My father showed me the right way, through action and not merely words.”
Prem passed away when Kohli was 18, a tragedy that affected the family greatly. “I accepted his death, as I was focused on moving forward with my career.
“In fact, I went and batted in a Ranji Trophy match the day after he died. His death made me realise that I had to make something of my life. I think about how nice it would be if I could have given my father the peaceful retired life that he deserved. At times, I get emotional thinking about him,” Kohli said.
Virat Kohli’s father had passed away in 2006 due to a cardiac arrest. Despite the tragedy, Kohli returned to the ground the very next day to bat against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy match.
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