Virat Kohli's note to 15-year-old 'Chiku'

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-11-05 11:54:00

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  • Virat Kohli has a plethora of records under his belt and the India captain has earned a place among cricketing greats in a short period of time
  • His appetite for scoring runs has only been increasing as he is getting older
  • On his 31st birthday, on Tuesday, Virat put up a note on twitter that he has written to a 15 year old 'Chiku'
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NEW DELHI: From a chubby-cheeked 'Cheeku' (Virat Kohli's nickname) to a fitness freak and hands down one of the fittest athletes in the world, Virat Kohli is a prime example of what hard work, determination and discipline can achieve. With his on-field discipline and unparalleled fitness routine, the India captain has taken Indian cricket to a different level.

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Kohli has a plethora of records under his belt and the India captain has earned a place among cricketing greats in a short period of time. And, his appetite for scoring runs has only been increasing as he is getting older.

On his 31st birthday, on Tuesday, Virat put up a note on twitter that he has written to a 15 year old 'Chiku' and put the hashtag 'NoteToSelf'. It's an insight into the life lessons Virat has learnt over the years that have helped him continue to hone his skills and become the best version of himself. It's an emotional message that also talks about the importance of family and how not getting something (in this case a pair of shoes he wanted which he didn't get from his father on his birthday) from a loved one must never get in the way of our love for family. And how parents' love and support are much more important than what gifts they get their kids. It also talks about the importance of making every day count.

Virat's full message to a 15 year old 'Chiku':

Hi Chiku,

First of all, a very happy birthday! I am sure you have a lot of questions for me about your future. I am sorry but I am not going to answer too many of them. Because not knowing what's in store makes every surprise sweet, every challenge thrilling and every disappointment an opportunity to learn. you don't realize it today but it's more about the journey than the destination. And the journey is SUPER!


What I will tell you is that life has big things in store for you Virat. But you need to be ready for each and every opportunity that comes your way. Grab it and when it comes and never take what you have for granted. You will fail. Everyone does. Just promise yourself to rise. And if at first, you don't, try again.

You will be loved by many and will be disliked too. By some who don't even know you. Don't care about them, keep believing in yourself.

I know you're thinking those shoes dad did not gift you today. They mean nothing when compared to the hug he gave you this morning or the joke he cracked about your height. Cherish this. I know he can seem strict at times. But that's because he wants the best for you. You feel that our parents don't understand us sometimes. But remember this - only our family loves us unconditionally. Love them back, respect them and spend all the time you can with them. Tell Dad you love him. A lot. Tell him today. Tell him tomorrow. Tell him more often.

Finally, just follow your heart, chase your dreams, be kind and show the world how dreaming big makes all the difference. Be you.

And...savour those parathas buddy! They'll become quite a luxury in years to come. ;)

"Virat

Make every day super!
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