Virat Kohli felicitated for Padma Shri, limited-overs captaincy by childhood cricket academy
West Delhi Cricket Academy on Sunday felicitated their illustrious trainee Virat Kohli at a function to celebrate his Padma Shri Award and appointment as India captain in all three formats.
New Delhi: West Delhi Cricket Academy on Sunday felicitated their illustrious trainee Virat Kohli at a function to celebrate his Padma Shri Award and appointment as India captain in all three formats.
Present at the function were veteran cricket administrator Rajeev Shukla, Kohli's childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma and former cricketer Atul Wassan.
Wassan had picked Kohli in the Delhi Ranji team when he was part of the selection committee.
Virat's family, including brother Vikas and mother Saroj, were also present on the occasion.
Coach Sharma said, "Virat achieved success because of his work ethic and discipline. He has evolved as a player in all three formats and it is a matter of great pride that the world today acknowledges Virat's amazing talent."
The batting mainstay said, "I have been with Rajkumar Sir for 19 years and my roots are with the academy. Every time I go there I learn something."
Kohli will be leading the Indian team in their upcoming one-off Test against Bangladesh at Hyderabad starting 9 February, before his side squares off against Australian in a four-Test series starting 23 February in Pune.
The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League recently took over as the Indian captain in all three formats following MS Dhoni's relinquishment of the post.
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