Virat Kohli's tattoos - The story behind Virat Kohli's 11 tattoos

Ashutosh WelankarAuthor

Updated - 25 June 2022 02:16 PM

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Virat Kohli has become a youth icon for many next-generation kids. The former Indian skipper has achieved a lot in his life through his sheer mental strength and great determination. Virat Kohli has had a fabulous career in international cricket so far.

The 33-year-old is often known for his on-field aggression and top-notch work ethic. He has always maintained a certain standard of values and beliefs in his life. Another thing which fascinates many people about Virat Kohli is his tattoos.

Virat Kohli has a total of 11 tattoos on his body, which have a significant meaning of their own. Let's dive deep into this and see what those tattoos on Virat Kohli's body actually mean.

Name of His Parents 

Virat Kohli has inked the names of his parents: Saroj and Prem on his upper left arm. Virat Kohli's father, who was a lawyer based in Delhi, passed away when Kohli was just 18 years old.

Virat once said, “ I feel there is a connection which can't be explained in words, it can only be felt." Thus, I wanted them to be part of my life until I was alive. "

ODI and Test cap numbers

Virat Kohli made his ODI debut in 2008 against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and became cap no. 175 (the 175th Indian batsman to play ODI cricket). Then in 2011, Kohli earned his first call-up into the Indian Test team and debuted against West Indies in Kingston, becoming cap no. 269 (269th Indian to play Test Cricket for India). He has inked those two number tattoos on his left arm.

Virat said, “These 2 numbers will always remain with me and they hold a special place in my life, so I decided to get them inked.”

God's Eye Tattoo 

This tattoo resembles an omnipresent eye of God watching over humankind. It can also mean a benevolent guiding source for mankind.

Virat said this tattoo always reminds him that God is always watching over him. He said this tattoo helps him to understand the actual essence of life and what one should do as a human being.

The OM Tattoo

The OM is regarded as the universal sound and is widely accepted throughout the world. It has been widely recognised as the true meaning and essence of life. This tattoo always helps Virat Kohli remind himself that he is nobody when compared to this universe, hence he should not think big about himself and his achievements. Basically, this tattoo reminds Kohli to be grounded and humble.

The Scorpio

Virat Kohli's zodiac sign is Scorpio, as he was born in the month of November. Usually, the Scorpions are strong-minded people who are always up for a challenge, and all these attributes can clearly be seen in Kohli. Virat Kohli has a Scorpio tattoo inked on his upper right arm.

The Japanese Samurai

The Samurai were the military noblemen who used to go to war one after another. They were regarded as military officers in Medieval Japan. These warrior classes had 7 virtues in life. They were Justice, Courage, Benevolence, Politeness, Honesty, and Loyalty.

Virat Kohli said, "I believe in the same 7 virtues as them in life and I will always remain this person in my life." So I felt I should get this inked so that it reminds me of my virtue every morning I get up from bed. "

The Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva is an Indian deity and is worshipped by many people in the country. Lord Shiva is regarded as the god of destruction. He destroys evil in oneself and Kohli wants to do the same.

Virat Kohli said, “ I have linked this tattoo to remind myself of certain bad attributes in me and I need to destroy them if I intend to succeed in my life."

The Monastery

Right next to the Lord Shiva tattoo on his left arm, he has a monastery tattoo which helps him to keep calm and focus in life. According to Virat Kohli, “while aggression is necessary on the field, one must keep a cool and calm head no matter what.”

The Tribal Art

Virat Kohli has this tribal art tattoo on his right forearm. He said, "This was the first tattoo that I got inked." It represented aggression in me. " It describes and represents my loyalty towards my tribe (the team).

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