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Virat Kohli Stand At Feroz Shah Kotla Unveiled: Skipper's Full Speech

Written By Prachi Mankani | Mumbai | Published:


  • A new pavilion named after Virat Kohi in the Arun Jaitley stadium
  • This was followed by the digital inauguration of the renamed Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium
  • DDCA President┬áRajat Sharma and Home Minister Amit Shah unveiled the pavilion

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA)  unveiled a new pavilion stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla named after Indian captain Virat Kohli on September 12 at the Weightlifting Hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The revelation happened in a glittering event, where the Home Minister Amit Shah digitally inaugurated the renamed Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium.

Just before unveiling the pavilion, an animation video of Virat Kohli's journey from being a U-19 player to India captain was shown. Post the video, DDCA President Rajat Sharma and Home Minister Amit Shah unveiled the pavilion.

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Kohli overwhelmed, remembers Jaitley in his speech 

Virat Kohli addressed his ambivalence on stage stating that he is overwhelmed by this honor. He thanked a plethora of people, starting with Rajat Sharma and Amit Shah. He then acknowledged the presence of the entire Indian cricket team and the BCCI members, with whom he spends his maximum time. Kohli then thanked his family for being with him through his entire journey.

Virat Kohli expressed his deepest gratitude for his childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma and stated that this is all because of him. He then recalled his experience of a match that he saw life in the then Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in 2001, where India was playing against Zimbabwe and he was cheering in the stands for Virendra Sehwag. Adding to this, he said that this honor of having a pavilion named after him is unreal and he couldn't be more grateful.

Kohli then remembered Arun Jaitley and said that-

"This unveiling today is more special as the stadium is being named after late Arun Jaitley. Speaking to Jaitley's family and expressing his deepest condolence, Virat said that he had the privilege of knowing the Former Finance Minister personally." "Arun Jaitley had come to meet me  after the death of  my  father and motivated me to move futher", he added.

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The Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium

The DDCA on Thursday in a sparkling event renamed the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to Arun Jaitley stadium in the memory politician-cum-sports-administrator. The event witnessed the presence of Arun Jaitley's family, Minister Kiren Rijiju, former Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, ex-skipper Kapil Dev, and many other prominent people. This decision was announced on August 27, in a tribute to the late Union Minister, who breathed his last at the age of 66 after a prolonged illness on August 24.

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