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Virat Kohli — Sunil Chhetri: Growing up in the 90’s, Trolling Chahal & Training like a maniac

Virat Kohli and Sunil Chhetri came face to face on Instagram and shared their views on various issues.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 18, 2020 2:46:54 pm
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Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket captain, along with Team India football captain Sunil Chhetri engaged in a fun-filled evening amidst the Covid-19 lockdown. During the conversation, the duo touched upon several episodes throughout their lives and their respective sports.

Reminiscing their childhood days ( both Kohli and Chhetri were born and raised up in New Delhi), they recalled how their parents were a major influence while growing up.

Crediting his father the Indian captain said, “He was very clear from that start and wanted me to focus on studies. Study along with playing with his motto and he said that only when I am 200 percent confident of succeeding in one can I then focus on doing one thing. When results started coming at the U-19 level, he stopped saying much about studies and observed that I deserve a chance.”

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Chhetri also asked Kohli about that one moment which Kohli would have loved his dad to relive. “After whatever he did for my family, the only thing I could have done for him is to give him a life of great retirement. These are things you can do by giving a comfortable life without any worries. That’s the biggest gift I could have given him back.”

The duo talked about their mutual goal of keeping fit and much more.

Kohli credited Royal Challengers Bangalore’s trainer Shankar Basu for paving the way for him and said, “Keeping fit and training is everything to me. I would not take credit for it, for me, the biggest factor for my career going in another template has to be Shankar Basu.”

“He was a trainer at RCB and introduced me to lifting. At first, I was a bit hesitant because I had back issues. It was a totally new concept for me, but I could see the results after 3 weeks.”

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“Till the time I’m playing the sport, I will be a maniac. It is my responsibility to be at my best as I am playing for my country and if one cannot do that, then he/she should step away,” Kohli said.

Kohli also said that he loves Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘beast mentality’.

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“There are lots of people who look extremely good on-field but to turn up for big matches that regularly, Cristiano stands out,” Kohli said.

“Like he went to Juventus and Champions League game, they lost 2-0 and then prior to return leg, he asked all his friends and family to come and watch the game saying “it is going to be a special night” and then to play like that, score a hat-trick and take them through, unbelievable,” Kohli said.

When Chhetri asked Kohli about his favourite moment in childhood and the 31-year-old recalled Venkatesh Prasad’s revenge against Aamir Sohail in the 1996 World Cup and said, “I was at home. I celebrated exactly the way I do today. There is no satisfying clean bowled than that in cricket’s history for us. Those memories are golden memories. Those matches in Sharjah are unforgettable,” Kohli told Chhetri during Instagram live.

Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal also made his presence felt which drew hilarious reactions from both the stars.

“Manjaa bhai,” Kohli had to plead before adding, “When things return to normal he will keep running (from everybody).

Chhetri replied by saying that Chahal has also said that when the lockdown end, he will only stay in hotels.

Taar hil gayi hai. Short circuit hua hai isko,” he added.

Kohli was also asked which team India player has the worst possible football touch.

“Kuldeep Yadav,” pat came the reply. “He is such a big fan of Neymar and Barcelona but can only play online. No chance in football. Thuddey marta hai…

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