Got more serious about Cricket after fathers death, says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, number one ODI Cricketer in the World shares his cricket love and first cricket memories with Steve Smith.

Both Kohli and Smith shared their Cricket love with each other.

Virat Kohli said that he actually got more serious about Cricket game after his father passed away.

He said that he always wanted to play the game at highest level (International level) and it was after his father’s death that he actually made a proper commitment to take the game seriously.

“I always knew that I wanted to play the game at the highest level and the time that I definitely thought that I am going to make this a career is when my father passed away. And that’s the time I realised that I have got to get serious about this and actually make it a proper commitment,” said Kohli, in a video.

“My focus cannot shift and I just became single-minded from then on and kept my focus on playing for India and play for a long time. I didn’t even think that I am going to get dropped from the team or anything like that. It was pure motivation and the will to move forward,” he added.

“During their candid chat ahead of the series opener, Smith and Kohli also recalled their memories from 2014-15 series where both of them notched four centuries each. Smith asked Kohli to shed light on his individual performance during that series and how it feels to be in a zone while batting knowing that you are not going to get out. “It’s funny because I visualised for two months and then we prepared so much to play the first Test and then I walk in I think four balls before lunch and Mitchell Johnson hit first ball on the head. And I just stood there thinking I have prepared for two-and-a-half months and what the hell is going on. But then you either go fight or flight and I just told myself that I am going to start taking him on now because he was probably in his best bowling form. “I made a decision there that I am going to be positive and take the game forward and see what happens,” said Kohli, recalling his experiences from the 2014-15 series.