Virat Kohli's journey to the pinnacle of cricket is a well-documented fact, but not many might be aware of the obstacles the Indian cricket team skipper had to endure in his formative stages.
His journey to the top has seen him break several records, but there was a point in his illustrious career that was life-changing. It was the tender age of 18, when the young lad from Uttam Nagar, walked out to bat for his Ranji Trophy team, Delhi, hours after he had heard the news of his father passing away. In a documentary by NatGeo, the cricket stalwart opens up what exactly happened that day.
'It happened in my arms. It was 3 in the morning, and I was batting overnight. I was 40 not out, and I had to go in the morning and bat the next day because it was a four-day Ranji Trophy cricket (match). We just couldn't get help. We tried to get help from the neighbors, whoever we knew was a doctor. It was such a time of the night that no one responded. By the time ambulance and everything came, everything was already gone."
Well, it's safe to say the 29-year-old has come a long way since that incident, from having led the country's U-19 team to World Cup glory in 2008 to currently domination the cricketing sphere in all formats of the game. And if one may wonder what led to the transformation of Virat Kohli from an arrogant to a responsible cricketer, it was his father's death.
"I think I became much more focussed after that [father's death]. I lost total desire of wanting to do the other stuff and put all my energy into realizing my dream and my father's dream as well," Kohli said.
Virat Kohli's recent performances in England is a great testament to this fact. While the tour was bittersweet for India, the same can't be said for Kohli, who further enhanced his reputation as the best batsmen in the world. The Indian run-machine hammered past his demons of the 2014 tour of England by notching several records to his name.
Recently, he became the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to be bestowed the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. The award which is given to individuals who have made the country proud by consistently bringing laurels to the nation.
The story of Virat Kohli's journey will be revealed on National Geographic's newly-launched series Mega Icons, with the Indian cricket team skipper's episode scheduled to be aired on September 24.