Virat Kohli penned down a letter to his fifteen-year-old self on his birthday and posted on his social media accounts. Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, was born on November 5th, 1988 in Delhi. His father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and his mother Saroj Kohli was a housewife. Even when he was three years old, little Virat would pick the bat and ask his father to bowl for him. He started his cricketing career playing for Delhi’s Under-15 cricket team.
He started his letter addressing his 15-year-old self as Chiku (which is also his nickname). In the heartfelt note, Virat Kohli said that it was more about the journey than the destination.
‘First of all, a very happy birthday! I am sure you have a lot of questions for me about your future. I am sorry but I am not going to answer too many of them. Because not knowing what’s in store makes every surprise sweet, every challenge thrilling and every development an opportunity to learn. You don’t realize it today but it’s more about the journey than the destination. And the journey is SUPER!’
He suggested his young self be ready for every opportunity that would come his way and be prepared to rise and fall.
‘What I will tell you is that life has big things in store for you Virat. But you need to be ready for each and every opportunity that comes your way. Grab it when it comes. And never take what you have for granted. You will fail. Everyone does. Just promise yourself that you’ll never forgive to rise. And if at first, you don’t try again.’
According to Virat Kohli, self-belief is the key to success.
‘You will be loved by many and will be disliked too. By some who won’t even know you. Don’t care about them. Keep believing in yourself.’
Virat Kohli lost his father to a stroke in 2006. This was a huge setback for him as his father prem Kohli was his biggest support. He quoted some emotional moments from his childhood and suggested his young self prioritize his dad in particular and family in general.
‘I know you’re thinking about those shoes dad did not gift you today. They mean nothing when compared to the hug he gave you this morning or the joke he cracked about your height. Cherish this. I know he can seem strict at times. But that’s because he wants the best for you. You feel that our parents do not understand us at times., but remember this-only our family loves us unconditionally. Love them back, respect them and spend all the time you can with them. Tell dad you love him A lot. Tell him tomorrow. Tell him more often.’
According to Virat Kohli, dreaming big is important.
‘Finally, just follow your heart, chase your dreams, be kind and show the world how dreaming big makes all the difference. Be you.’
Virat Kohli is one of the most fitness conscious athletes in India and is known to have given up on being a foodie due to his fitness priorities. Hence, Virat advised Chiku to savour the parathas till he could.
'And… savour those parathas buddy! They’ll become quite a luxury in years to come.'
Virat Kohli ended the letter with,
‘Make every day super! Virat’
Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian Cricket team and a right-handed top-order batsman highly regarded all over the world for his batting talent. Since 2017, Virat Kohli has been the top-ranking batsman according to ODI rankings. He is currently on the second number in the test rankings. He also plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and is also a captain for the same time, He married the Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in December 2017.