WATCH: Virat Kohli opens about his 'life changing' moment & it's neither U-19 WC win nor India captaincy
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is one of the greatest cricketers of all time. The 34-year-old has numerous batting records to his name. During his almost 15-year-long international career, Virat has seen many ups and downs, and recently he has opened up about the life-changing moment in his career.
Updated Mar 10, 2023 | 07:20 AM IST
Virat Kohli opens up about his life-changing moment. Picture Credit: Screenshot and Twitter/@imVkohli
The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League ( IPL
) is just around the corner. This year’s edition will be special in many ways, as after a gap of four years, the tournament will return to its original home-and-away format. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other logistical reasons, the last three editions of the world’s richest franchise cricket league were either played in the United Arab Emirates or at some limited venues. But now that there is no such threat of COVID-19, the tournament will give players a chance to play in front of their local fans.
This year’s edition will start on March 31, and like the previous 15 editions, the Virat Kohli
starrer Royal Challengers Bangalore
(RCB) will aim to win the maiden IPL title. The Bengaluru-based side has failed to win an IPL title despite playing in all 15 seasons. This year, the team will hope to put on a good show on the field and end the long wait.
Ahead of the start of the IPL, in a conversation with RCB, the video of which was shared by the franchise’s official Twitter handle on Thursday, Virat opened up about the life-changing moment. And to everyone's surprise that moment is not related to cricket field but with his personal life. He recalled how things changed for the better when he met his actor wife, Anushka Sharma
He said that after meeting Anushka, he saw a different side of life that he had never experienced before. According to him, he changed a lot after dating Anushka. He saw things in a different light and learned to be more open and accepting of new perspectives. He also talked about his father’s death and the impact of it.
"When my father passed away, that was more like, my outlook towards things changed, but my life didn’t change as such. Life around was same as before. The incident gave me a lot of resilience, a lot of focus on what I want to do in life, and a lot of motivation to realise my dream, but it wasn’t life-changing. I was still playing cricket, I was still doing what I had to do, and the environment was quite similar", said Virat.
"I would say a life-changing moment would be when I met Anushka, because I saw a different side of life. It wasn’t similar to my environment; it was a different perspective, a different point of view, so that’s what is life-changing. Because when you fall in love, you start processing those changes within you as well, because you have to move together. So, to do that, you have to open yourself up; you need to accept a lot of things, and that for me was life-changing," the former Indian skipper added.
Virat tied the knot with Anushka in December 2017, and the couple became parents for the first time in January 2021 when their daughter Vamika was born.