Picture Credit: Twitter/@RCBTweets

Picture Credit: Twitter/@RCBTweets

Former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli has become a sensation in the last few years in the world of cricket. The journey he has been through from being everyone’s 'Cheeku' to a legend is nothing short of inspiring. Having made his debut in the One Day International (ODI) cricket in 2008, Virat Kohli went on to become India’s captain in all three formats. Leading Royal Challengers Bangalore till 2021, the Delhi-born cricketer is now an inspiration to billions and is the reason many young cricketers want to represent India in world cricket. However, an otherwise dedicated sportsman, the cricketer didn’t like participating in cross-country races, and would find ways to finish it fast. 

In a video posted on the official account of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat’s childhood friend Shahlaj Sondhi reminisced their goofy childhood days and revealed that he used to cheat during cross-country races. In the heartwarming video, Shahlaj was seen talking about his childhood friend, ‘Cheeku’ and said that Virat used to ask milkmen to drop him near the finishing point on the days of cross-country race during training. 

The video also shared a glimpse of Sondhi's slam book filled by the 33-year-old cricketer. Taking into his slam book, Sondhi said that Kohli’s childhood ambition was always to become an international cricketer and represent India at global level. 

Watch the video here: 

Everybody knew he was special: Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma

In the video, Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma could be seen reflecting on the cricketer's younger days, and how he was during his training period. He said, "On May 30, 1998, he came to me with his brother and his father. Within a few days, we could see that he was very different from others—a very active, very hyper, and very naughty guy. He was very determined and dedicated; he wanted to dominate from Day 1. He had tremendous self-belief that I can do anything. Shalaj and Virat were very thick friends from my academy." 

The 50th game of the Indian Premier League will feature a clash between the Delhi Capitals and Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. The game will be a homecoming for the former RCB skipper Virat Kohli, and it will be for the first time he will play in front of the Virat Kohli pavilion, unveiled in November 2019 at what formerly known as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.