Virat Kohli’s First Ranji Match ended up with Sadness

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Virat Kohli's first Ranji match

One night during December 2006, when Virat Kohli was with Delhi Team in Karnataka for his debut Ranji Season he got a call at midnight 3 AM to know that his father Prem Kohli has died after being on the bed for a month due to a brain stroke.

At that moment Virat was the overnight batsman for Delhi. He was in two minds whether to play or not and called his coach who was in Australia. His coach advised him to play as such chances does not come everyday and it is difficult to make it to the team. He went on to make 90 (on which he got a wrong decision) in that innings and saved the follow on for his team. He went straight to his dad’s funeral after that innings and didn’t take part in the rest of the match.

He was only 18 Year old at that time and even the Karnataka players couldn’t resist themselves from applauding him for his commitment and mental strength.

His mom’s words on this incident- “Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It’s as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father’s dream which was his own too.”