“At that time, fan clubs did not exist…”: Virat Kohli opens up on the start of his international career”

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New Delhi [India], April 11 (ANI): Star India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Virat Kohli started his career in the days when social media and fan clubs did not exist and the team’s young batting bromance. But talked. Stars, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill.

Virat, who is currently playing for RCB in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, was recently speaking at a social event, some viral video clips of which have surfaced on social media.

Virat said that when he was starting his international career in 2008, social media and fan clubs were not so much and players had to depend on their own skills. In those days, players got very few opportunities to prove themselves at the international level and being aware of this, they made the most of their opportunities.

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He also said that the message to the future stars of Indian cricket is to recognize and respect the opportunity and platform they get.

“Every era has its own changes, although we (he and the senior players) often talk about it. Sometimes, when you have a lot of opportunities, you don’t recognize the magnitude of those opportunities. Our During the time, we knew that we had only 4-5 matches to prove ourselves, fan clubs did not exist at that time,” Kohli said.
“This social media stuff was non-existent. You relied only on your skills and only on yourself. That’s how we grew up. If I didn’t perform, no one would put me there because my supporters would think I’m a good player. , otherwise there may be a story in the public or media.”

“That’s the way we’ve been groomed. That’s the message we try to push [to the youngsters] – recognize what platform you’re getting and respect it,” Kohli concluded.
Virat also revealed that young Ishaan and Shubman are very close friends and are inseparable during tours. He started calling her the ‘Sita-Geeta’ of the team.

“Sita-Geeta, Ishaan and Shubman. Don’t know what’s the matter brother, I can’t say much but… both of them are very good friends. In fact, they can’t stay alone on the tour. So, let’s invite them to have food together. I will come, call me to talk, I will come with you. I have never seen him alone, but really, we are very good friends,” Virat said. (Ishaan and Shubman are really good friends. Basically, They cannot be alone on tour. If you invite them to eat, they will come together, invite them for conversation, they will only come together. I have never seen them alone and separated) but In fact, they are very good friends.)

Meanwhile, both Virat and Rohit Sharma will face off against each other as RCB takes on Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

Virat is the leading run-scorer in IPL 2024, having scored 316 runs in five matches at an average of 105.33 and a strike rate of over 146 with one century and two fifties. His best score is 113*.


While MI opened their account with a win over Delhi Capitals (DC) after three defeats, RCB are aiming to overcome their three-match losing streak after losing to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their last encounter. Virat’s team RCB has had a bad start in the IPL this year and has won only one out of its five matches so far.

Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (captain), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Sourav Chauhan, Reece Topley, Mayank Dagar, Mohammed Siraj, Yash Dayal, Himanshu Sharma, Suyyash Prabhudesai. , Mahipal Lomror, Vijaykumar Vishak, Swapnil Singh, Karn Sharma, Tom Curran, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, Will Jacques, Anuj Rawat, Manoj Bhandage, Akash Deep, Rajan Kumar

Mumbai Indians Team: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Hardik Pandya (captain), Tim David, Romario Shepherd, Mohammad Nabi, Piyush Chawla, Gerald Coetzee, Jasprit Bumrah, Akash Madhwal, Quena Mafaka, Naman Dheer, Nehal Wadhera, Shams Mulani, Shreyas Gopal, Luke Wood, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Kumar Karthikeya, Shivalik Sharma, Anshul Kamboj, Nuwan Thushara, Dewald Brevi.

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