first_imgVirat Kohli’s journey to the top has been well chronicled, but his humble beginnings too need a special mention.Recently, Kohli became the third ever Indian cricketer, after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007), to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.The journey started way back in December 2006, when a young 18-year-old boy from Uttam Nagar walked out to bat for his Ranji Trophy team, Delhi, hours after his father passed away.”It happened in my arms. It was 3 in the morning, and I was batting overnight. I was 40 not out, and I had to go in the morning and bat the next day because it was a four-day Ranji Trophy cricket. We just couldn’t get help. We tried to get help from the neighbours, whoever we knew was a doctor. It was such a time of the night that no one responded. By the time ambulance and everything came, everything was already gone,” Kohli told in soon-to-be-aired television documentary on National Geographic.Also read – Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu named by Sports Ministry for Khel Ratna Award”I think I became much more focussed after that [father’s death]. I lost total desire of wanting to do the other stuff and put all my energy into realizing my dream and my father’s dream as well,” Kohli said.Delhi were playing Karnataka and he was batting on 40 overnight. Most of his teammates did not expect him to come to the ground after the loss of his father, but Kohli has always been a thorough professional. He walked out and scored 90 to save Delhi from a follow-on.advertisement”The incident that has changed me is the first season in Ranji Trophy where my father had passed away and I had to go out and play. Unknowingly it made me the person I’m today,” Kohli had said in an exclusive interview to India Today.Also read – How Kohli was chosen for Khel Ratna over Bajrang Punia. Sports Ministry explainsKohli has come a long way now — from leading the country’s U-19 team to World Cup glory back in 2008 to leading India’s charge in dominating the world of cricket in all forms of the game.The Indian captain led with the bat and finished with 593 runs from 10 innings at an average of 59.30, hitting two centuries and three fifties. India though failed to rid themselves of ghosts of visits past.Kohli’s performance with the bat in tricky conditions of England has definitely helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series has also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014.Kohli chose to opt out of the ongoing Asia Cup to rest his body and manage his jam-packed schedule. He will likely be seen in action in the two-Test series against West Indies at home next month.last_img