From Seeking Charulata’s Blessings To Coming Out As A Feminist, 5 Reasons Why B’day Boy Virat Is Our Favourite
A Bad Boy With A Good Heart
There is no denying that there have been plenty of instances of the Indian skipper getting aggressive on-field, be it him sparring with cricketer Gautam Gambhir during IPL 2013, or hurling abuses at Pakistani bowlers at the Asia Cup in 2012.
But, as the years passed, we saw Kohli grow up and become a kind-hearted, responsible man. Fast forward to 2019, our favourite cricketer is now a good Samaritan who respects boundaries and has the courage to speak up for the right. As the cricketer turns 31, we take a look back at some of the instances when Virat behaved like a true blue gentleman and won the hearts of all Indians.
An Act Of Kindness That Won Hearts
Things got really personal and some fans in the crowd started chanting ‘cheater cheater’ referring to his ball-tampering scandal. Virat Kohli noticed this and was quick to react. The 31-year-old urged the Indians fans to stop booing and clap for him instead.
Seeing Virat stand up for him, Smith exchanged a handshake with him. Speaking on the incident, the Indian Captain said, "I just felt for him, and I told him, 'I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd because I have seen that happen in a few earlier games as well’. In my opinion, that's not acceptable."
Shutting Up Trolls Like A Boss
In 2016, Virat took a strong stand for then girlfriend Anushka Sharma, and called out trolls for trolling Anushka when she had no control over what he did with his sport. “Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated,” wrote Virat in an Instagram post.
This gesture of Virat earned him appreciation from all over. Actress Richa Chaddha appreciated the Indian team skipper saying, “Why can’t more men emulate Virat Kohli?”
When Virat Met His Biggest Fan
Commentator Sourav Ganguly helped identify the woman and once the match ended, Virat took it upon himself to go and meet Charulata Patel. The Captain of the Indian Cricket Team spent some time chatting with her and even sought her blessings for the upcoming matches.
“Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen,” Virat wrote in a tweet.
Making Women’s Cricket Team #BleedBlue
He even nominated some of his fellow sportsmen, Rishabh Pant, Sunil Chetri and Saina Nehwal to wear the blue jersey and cheer for the women’s cricket team.
A true gentleman? You bet!
A Feminist Who Bats For Women’s Rights
Back in 2015, Virat Kohli came up with a video #Respect2Protect where he along with fellow cricketers, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Ravi Shastri urged men to respect women and their choices.
Moreover, the cricketer also posted a Women’s Day message on Instagram in 2016 where he apologised to all the women for men who make the world a difficult place for them.
Wishing Virat Kohli a very happy 31st birthday.