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Updated January 14th, 2024 at 11:36 IST

Virat Kohli shares exhilarating first reaction after receiving DM from Novak Djokovic

The star Indian batter Virat Kohli shares response to receiving direct message from the star Serbian Novak Djokovic, who has a record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Virat Kohli and Novak Djokovic
Virat Kohli and Novak Djokovic | Image:AP
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Virat Kohli expresses his initial response to Novak Djokovic's DM

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has said that he first checked the legitimacy of tennis star Novak Djokovic's Instagram account after getting a Direct Message (DM) from him, thinking it may be a fake account of the legendary tennis player.

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Djokovic recently revealed to Sony Sports Network that the two sports legends have been texting back and forth for a few years, even though they haven't met in person. Djokovic also gave Kohli credit for his outstanding accomplishments.

Kohli returned the favour in an interview with bcci.tv, telling the fascinating tale of how he and Djokovic first connected online. Virat Kohli said: 

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“I got in touch with Novak very organically. I think I was just looking at his profile once Instagram and I just happened to press the message button. I thought I’ll just say hello maybe. And then, I saw a message from him on my DM already. I never opened it myself,” 

“First time I saw my own messages, I saw he’s messaged me himself. And I was like, let me just check if it’s a fake account or something like that. But then, I checked it again and it was legitimate and we got talking. We keep exchanging messages every now and then,” 

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Kohli praised Djokovic and recalled the day the Serbian tennis player congratulated him on reaching his record-breaking 50th ODI century, surpassing legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The two elite sportsmen have a great deal of respect for one another, according to Kohli. He added: 

“I congratulated him for all his amazing achievements. When I got my 50th [ODI] century recently, he put out a story and he sent me a very nice message as well. There’s been a mutual admiration, respect and really nice to connect with global athletes who are excelling at a higher level. Collectively, what I think about it is it’s sending out a message of inspiration to the next generation in a way,” 

“I have a lot of respect for him, his journey, his passion for fitness, something that I follow myself and believe in a lot. So, there’s lot to connect on,” 

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Published January 14th, 2024 at 11:36 IST

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