25 October, 2020

The Cold Flame Of Steel

Despite a cultivated aura of unapproachability, Virat Kohli’s story has been a most relatable one

The Cold Flame Of Steel

The quiet premises of St Sophia’s Senior Secondary School in West Delhi appear untouched by fame. Children in colourful uniforms dot the school grounds, classrooms seem run-down and the campus bears an altogether unkempt and unsophisticated look. Outside, however, colourful posters fete Team India on winning the World Cup in 2011—and make special mention of Virat Kohli, perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus.

The guard points towards the cricket nets at the far end of the school, where the West Delhi Cricket Academy (WDCA) holds practice sessions. This is where it all started for the young Virat who would go on to gather more style and flamboyance.

When Virat was just nine, his father Prem Kohli, a lawyer, had seen enough to know his son would play for India one day. He took the chubby boy to Coach Rajkumar Sharma at the nearby WDCA to hone his talent. “I felt Virat was a class apart. His flair with the bat was impeccable even at that age,” remembers Sharma. His guide and mentor, Sharma played a key role in Kohli’s grooming....



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