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62 International hundreds, fastest to 10,000 runs and many more records are in the bag of Virat Kohli. Yes, he is just 30 years old and he is already a modern great. Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is thankful to God for the son-like student.

Virat Kohli has been the most hardworking student of the game which has helped him to scale new heights in the game. Kohli has worked hard on his fitness which has helped him reap fruits in the game.

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Rajkumar Sharma. Credits: AMIT MEHRA.

Virat Kohli is already a modern day great.

Furthermore, Virat Kohli has really worked on his game to be the best in the business. Kohli work ethic is one of the best in the game and his hunger for runs is never insatiable.

“I am thankful to God that I got a ward like Virat who is no less than a son for me. Success is something else, but the discipline and dedication he has shown is something that is a mark of a true champion. He is not just a quality student of the game, he is also an extremely hard working person. I feel privileged that I got to train a special talent like Virat.

“He is very soft at heart. He is an emotional person and has a heart of gold. Those who know him know his true nature. He might come across as brash and flamboyant, but that is not true. He loves kids and is extremely affectionate towards elders,” Rajkumar Sharma said while talking to Hindustan Times.

Rajkumar Sharma also recalled the time when he saw Virat Kohli for the first time. Kohli was able to impress his coach with his power despite being just eight years old.

Virat Kohli, Team India, South Africa, Rajkumar Sharma

Kohli had impressive power as an eight-year-old boy.

“He impressed me with his power the first time I saw him. Even as an 8 yr old kid, the way he played some of the strokes, the punch he packed behind them made you immediately sit up and take note. Also, even while fielding, he threw the ball from the boundary with great force. This wasn’t something that was common for kids of his age,” he said.

Furthermore, it is well known Virat Kohli went on to bat for Delhi even after the death of his father. Kohli scored a fine knock of 90 runs to help his state team end the match in a draw. Rajkumar Sharma said Kohli was able to get mature after the demise of his father.

“We all know that Virat was very fond of his father and they would come to the ground together and he would ride Virat around the city as he played one game after the other. It was indeed a difficult time, but to be honest with you, the episode changed Virat in more ways than one. He actually matured overnight. The kiddish behavior was gone as were some of his acts which were a clear sign of his immaturity.

Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world. In fact, his consistency is just mind-boggling. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is celebrating his 30th birthday and owes a lot to his childhood coach for guiding him on the right path.

Gautam Chauhan

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