Virat Kohli was present at the renaming ceremony of the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium as 'Arun Jaitley stadium' today as a tribute to the late politician. It was a big day for the cricketer as the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) also unveiled a pavilion in the stadium after him. Virat's family along with his childhood coach, Mr.Rajkumar and the Indian Cricket team were present at the ceremony held today.
The cricketer in his speech thanked everyone who has been a part of his life. The captain said that he never expected to be honoured at such a huge scale. He thanked his teammates and members from BCCI. The cricketer said that he doesn't know how to express his gratitude to people on such an occasion. Virat also thanked his family and his wife and actor Anushka Sharma for their support. The run machine also expressed his gratitude to his childhood cricket coach Mr.Rajkumar and said that his childhood coach is behind the man he is today.
Virat Kohli also recalled a match at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium. He said that he remembers being in the stand and asking for Javagal Srinath's autograph in 2001. "In 2000-2001, there was a Test vs Zimbabwe at Kotla. We were sitting across from the Pavillion stand. Sehwag, Yuvi, Srinath were standing at the boundary. I was asking him for an autograph. Never thought I would ever be honoured at the same stadium." the cricketer said.
The DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association) unveiled a new pavilion stand at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium after Virat Kohli. Remembering Arun Jaitley, the cricketer said that the occasion is more special to him as its happening at the same time as the stadium being renamed after Arun Jaitley. "The world knows a different Arun Jaitley but I have known him differently as a human being. He (Arun Jaitley) came to my house when my father passed away and consoled me. I had a special connection with him and that's because he was a great person," the cricketer said.