New Delhi, Nov 5: India captain Virat Kohli is celebrating his 31st birthday on Tuesday (November 5). The Delhi cricketer, who took a break from the ongoing T20I series against Bangladesh, was greeted by the cricketing fraternity on his special day.
Earlier in the day, Kohli shared an image told his 15-year-old self to shower his late dad with lots of love, giving his warm hugs precedence over his refusal to buy the dreamy-eyed son a pair of shoes.
Kohli also tells the same West Delhi boy to savour those "parathas", for he knows they will become "quite a luxury" in the years to come. And luxury they did become. These were among a plethora of thoughts that crossed his mind.
His father Prem Kohli was 54 when he died following a stroke, and his son, who would one day become the world's best batsman, was 18. It is well documented that a day after performing the last rites, Kohli turned up to score 90 odd runs and save his state team Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game.
Now an incredibly successful cricketer, ranked No.1 in both Tests and ODIs, Kohli, again going back in time, knows that he will have to face failures at some point.
The cricketing fraternity took to their social media handles to greet the Indian batting mainstay.
Here's who said what:
Wishing you a very happy birthday Virat! Continue scoring runs and leading India with the same passion! All the best. pic.twitter.com/DhExlercwC— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2019
May the ball always appear as big as this and may your batting always be like a F5 button, refresh everyone who is blessed to see it. Badalon ki tarah chaaye raho, hamesha khush raho @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/32sydYLeRg— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2019
Happy birthday @imVkohli here’s wishing you a great year. God bless— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 5, 2019
He's done superhuman things on the field and now he is a superhero off it - what a way to celebrate your birthday, @imVkohli!#HappyBirthdaySuperV - can't wait to see what's in store as the show premieres today at 3:30 PM on the Star Network— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 5, 2019
Many more happy returns of the day @imVkohli , god bless and look forward to the super V.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) November 5, 2019
Many more happy returns of the day dear @imVkohli . Wishing you a great year full of happiness and sunshine! May you continue to set new benchmarks and experience ever more love and joy #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/KYg3CGHQei— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2019
In 2012, when I played for RCB , watched Barcelona play on his laptop together. I thought he had something special about him but never knew he was going to become an absolute legend @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/baoFsOc5ev— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 5, 2019
Happy birthday mere chotte veer @imVkohli modern generations batting master,I wish you all the success on and off the field.. May waheguru continue to bless you with everything..stay happy and healthy.. #HappyBirthdayVirat ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/VQxlESr9NV— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 5, 2019
Wishing you nothing but the best @imVkohli , here’s to a fantastic year ahead for you. May everything you have wished for and more come your way. Happy birthday 🥳— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 5, 2019
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