During the press conference that Virat Kohli had on September 14, right before the first T20I match of the three-match series series with South Africa at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday, the Indian cricket team captain answered several questions with regards to the team's training schedule and practice. Fresh in the mind, Virat Kohli's felicitation at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (earlier, Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium) had also sparked some curiosity in the press conference.
At the renaming ceremony of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as the 'Arun Jaitley Stadium' on September 12, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) had unveiled a pavilion in the stadium named after him.
Speaking on the gracious gesture, Kohli said, "I think initially it was hard to believe because I am still playing, I still have a lot of cricket left. It's a very gracious gesture and something I never expected. You don't think about these things as a cricketer. You see other people have stands and their names on pavillions and, they name ends on your name but as a cricketer, you never strive for these things. However, for someone to give you that kind of respect, you obviously feel very very grateful and honoured."
After the DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association) unveiled a new pavilion stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium after Virat Kohli, the cricketer gave a speech, thanking 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 the 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 Indian cricket team captain also expressed his gratitude to his childhood cricket coach Rajkumar and said that his childhood coach is behind the man he is today.