Indian cricket team skipper and superstar Virat Kohli turned nostalgic after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) unveiled a new pavilion stand bearing his name at the Feroz Shah Kotla in recognition of his contribution to the game.
“Never thought I would be honoured at such a grand scale. Don’t know how to address this as my family, wife, brother, sister-in-law are here,” said Kohli during the glittering function held at the Weightlifting Hall of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium .
“It was in 2001 (2000) during a match against Zimbabwe, my childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma gave me two tickets. I remember clinging to the gallery grill asking for Javagal Srinath’s autograph. I was telling my brother how far we have come.
“So today to have a pavilion in my name at the same stadium is surreal and a great honour,” he added. He also tweeted his thanks to the DDCA and the BCCI .
Thank you @delhi_cricket and @BCCI for bestowing this honour upon me. The pavilion will remind me of my journey in life and in cricket but most importantly I hope it will serve as an inspiration for the next generation of young cricketers of our nation.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 12, 2019
The Delhi batsman recently became the most successful India captain in Test cricket, surpassing Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
A short video and an animation film on Kohli’s journey from being an U-19 player to India captain was shown during the event, which was attended by the entire Indian cricket team and support staff.
Talking about his relation with late Arun Jaitley, Kohli said: “I told Arun Jaitley ji’s family that the world knew him differently but I have known him just as a human being. “He came to my residence after my father’s death and gave me courage and strength. It’s a momentous occasion today,” added Kohli.
Virat had earlier tweeted his condolences and expressed shock at the demise of Arun Jaitley
Shocked & saddened to hear about the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. He was genuinely a good person, always willing to help others. He took out his precious time back in 2006 when my father passed away to come to my home & pay his condolences. May his soul rest in peace.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 24, 2019