Ishant reveals how Kohli pulled through his father’s death during Ranji Trophy match
Virat Kohli has emerged over the years as one of the greatest batsmen India has ever produced, but his journey has not been without success.
Perhaps the darkest phase of his personal life was when he lost his father to a cardiac arrest in 2006 in the middle of a Ranji Trophy match. His long-time friend and teammate Ishant Sharma has revealed how the star batsman pulled himself together through the rough patch with grit and determination.
Spilling the beans on The Ranveer show on YouTube, the Indian pacer shared the story from his time with Kohli in the Ranji Delhi team in 2006. It was during their match against Karnataka that Kohli lost his father Prem, but not only did he show up at the ground the day after that. but also scored a solid 80 runs.
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“I never saw him cry, but I know he was saddened when his father passed away. We were playing a Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka. He was batting overnight, and he always used a pick for me for the game. We used to go from Patel Nagar to Ferozshah Kotla. He was very serious (that day), and he was accompanied by a video analyst,” Sharma revealed.
“I asked him why he was so serious, but he didn’t answer. I gave a tapli (a gentle knock) on the head. Then the other person told me that his father has passed away. I didn’t know how to react. We were 17. He still batted and scored 80 runs too. If something like that had happened to me, I don’t think I would have even gone into the spotlight,” he said.
Sharma’s relationship with Kohli goes back to his U-17 trials for Delhi. He also shed light on other shades of Kohli’s personality, highlighting how he has evolved over the years.
He recalled their trip to Kolkata for an U-19 match representing Delhi and revealed how Kohli smashed 250 runs after partying all night.
“I’ve seen all his steps. From partier to tattoo, fitness freak to super performer, he has undergone a massive transformation in his career. He loved to party, and during a tournament in Kolkata, he partied all night but scored 250 the next day. He was unbeaten the day before, and we were representing Delhi in under-19 cricket,” said Ishant.
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