During the live session of Instagram with footballer Sunil Chhetri, cricketer Virat Kohli shared when his father refused to payoff to cricket officials during his selection. He said to Chhetri, “I have mentioned this before also. There was a time when in state cricket, a lot of things happen, you know (there are) many factors which are not fair.”
31 years old Kohli said, “There was an opportunity, where a certain someone chose to step out of the rules and say, ‘here’s the situation you’d need a bit more than just merit to get selected’. “
He told about his father that how his father worked hard for good living.
He also shared about his father’s hard work that, “He is the guy who studied under the streetlights, those were the circumstances at his home. From there he worked hard to become a lawyer, worked in the merchant navy as well before that. One who has worked hard doesn’t understand that language. He didn’t understand what was going on.”
He also said that his father always motivated them to have faith in hardwork and not to take shortcuts.
He also recalled what his father said to the coach during the selection, “He said to my coach, ‘if he (Virat) can play on his merit, then fine else we do not want to play him. I won’t do all this’.
He also shared what happened when his father refused to payoff, he said, “And I was not selected and I cried a lot, I was broken.”
After that, he also shared that what he learned from that incident, he said, But that taught me something that this is how the world is run. If you want to progress do something that no one else is doing. That lesson he gave me because you can only rely on your hard work and that I saw from my father who made a living, made a life for himself, and gave me the right teachings by actions.”
But the most heartbreaking moment for Kohli was when his father died. Kohli was just 18 and he playing in Ranji Trophy for Delhi in Kolkata.