Virat Kohli reveals how Arun Jaitley encouraged him after his father death
Indian captain Virat Kohli revealed Thursday how the former finance minister Arun Jaitley motivated him after his father’s death when he was only 18. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) presented a new pavilion stand with its name during the renaming ceremony of Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Speaking on occasion, Virat Kohli said: “It’s more special, and It’s happening at the same time as the stadium named after Arun Jaitley Ji.”
“I know Arun Jaitley Ji as a person who came to my house and encouraged me when my father passed away. He motivated me, too. So, I had a special connection with him. He was a perfect person. So it’s a proud moment that both things happened at the same time, ” he added.
At the time of Kohli father’s death in 2006, Kohli was just 18-years-old, playing for Delhi against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy game where he scored 90.
Kohli said, I was playing a four-day game at the time and was supposed to resume batting the next day when this (the father passed away) happened at 230 in the morning. We all woke up, but we had no idea what to do. I saw him breathe for the last time,” Kohli had told Graham Bensinger in an interview.
DDCA President Rajat Sharma, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah and the entire Indian team were present at the time.
“Virat Kohli’s outstanding contribution to cricket world has made DDCA proud. We are happy to honor you for achieving certain milestones and an unbeatable captaincy record,” DDCA President Rajat Sharma said in his statement.
The Indian patron became the youngest active cricketer to receive the honor of a post named after him.
“I never thought I’d be honored on a big stage like this. Thank you very much Rajat Sir and Amit Shah ji for doing the honors. Also, my team with which I spend most of my time, a special group of people … It’s a very proud time for my whole family and me, ” Kohli thanked.