India captain Virat Kohli’s talent isn’t hidden from anyone. But can you believe that someone of his calibre too missed out on being onboard during a state team’s selection? Yes, it did happen when he was in his teenage.
Kohli wasn’t selected for his state team during his early days because his father refused to pay bribe.
“Someone told my father that while I had the merit to be selected, a little extra (possibly a bribe) was needed to confirm my selection. My father did not even understand what ‘little extra’ meant. My father simply said, ‘If you want to select Virat, then let it be purely on merit. I will give you nothing extra’.”
“I didn’t get selected. I cried a lot; I was broken. But that incident taught me a lot,” he told while talkig to Sunil Chhetri during an Instagram Live session.
But this small hindress didn’t really cost mush to his career and he did make it to the state team and later led the U19 India side to their second World Cup win in 2008. This was the second instance where India had lifted the World Cup at the junor level.
He was soon drafted in the Indian team and also began his IPL career with the RCB. Kohli was also a part of the Indian setup that won the World cup in 2011 while has been leading the Indian Test team since MS Dhoni’s retirement. He has notched the fastest ODI ton for India that came in 52 balls against Australia while holds the record for most number of Test double tons by an Indian batsman.
Kohli also holds the record for the most number of runs in an IPL season. He ammassed a total of 973 runs in 2016 edition that included 4 tons.