Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javdekar recounted Indian skipper' Virat Kohli's green initiative from five years ago, as he wished the batting maestro on his birthday. As the ace cricketer turned 31 years on Tuesday, fans and members of the cricketing fraternity flocked to wish Virat Kohli. Remembering Virat Kohli planting a sapling at the Paryavaran Bhavan five years ago, Prakash Javdekar said that the sapling had now become a tree. Virat Kohli has been very vocal in the need to conserve the environment and the need to have a greener future.
विराट कोहली को सालगिरह की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं। मुझे यह बताते हुए ख़ुशी है की विराट ने ५ साल पहले पर्यावरण भवन में साथ में पौधा लगाया था अब वह पेड़ बन गया है।#ViratKohli #viratkohlibirthday pic.twitter.com/gjOlln0cMB— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 5, 2019
The skipper's journey from when he began his career for the Men in Blue under the wings of Captain Cool MS Dhoni to becoming a successful skipper of the Indian team has been groundbreaking and spectacular. With consistency in skill and performance, the Indian skipper is easily the most respected cricketer in the world and he is after breaking records, those being held by legends of the game for a very long time. Indian captain Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a single decade, the incredible stat providing another reflection of his greatness.
Virat Kohli's first century came against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in December 2009 when he scored 107 runs and formed a formidable partnership with Gautam Gambhir to help India push towards the target of 315 that was set by the away side. The youngster's performance was so good that Gambhir, who received the Man of the Match award for his unbeatable knock of 150, said he handed over the award to Virat Kohli.