The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Thursday has renamed a pavilion stand after India's Cricket Captain, Virat Kohli. The unveiling took place in a ceremony at the Weightlifting Hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital. The captain was facilitated by the Home Minister Amit Shah, who was the Chief Guest for the event. The event also saw Feroz Shah Kotla stadium renamed as the Arun Jaitley stadium.
Amit Shah delivered a speech in honour of the Indian Captain and said that he has taken Indian cricket to new heights and on a personal level, has positioned himself as one of the top players in cricket. Shah said, "Every time a player reaches new heights, a young sportsperson desires to be like him or her - Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir. But I want to tell all those youngsters that don't look at the top, follow the path of the player from his childhood- all the efforts that he has made to reach the top level.
The Home Minister also mentioned how, in order to reach the top, one needed to make a lot of sacrifices, including time with their families, food, and other leisure activities. Shah said, "In any area, whether it is sports, politics, or business, if you want to reach the top, you need to have continuity, discipline, you have to make sacrifices, you have to let go of your desires to have fun with the family, and in the case of sportspersons, you have to let go of food. You have to work on your fitness for hours in order to reach a certain level. For your country, crores of sports lovers, you have not become a source of inspiration, but you become a hero in their minds."
He not only congratulated Virat for his success, but also honoured him for all the efforts and sacrifices he has made. "Virat, in such a short span of time, has devoted all his efforts to not only be amongst the top cricketers but even in that list, he has placed himself at the very top. We all congratulate you for your achievement and DDCA's decision (to name a stand after Kohli) will inspire younger cricketers to work hard so that a stand is named after them as well."