Revealed! Why Virat Kohli came out to bat on the day his father passed away

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New Delhi, May 9: Team India's flamboyant batsman and Test skipper Virat Kohli is in unstoppable form at the moment and smashing world records with every passing day.

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The aggressive right-handed-batsman has emerged as the new run machine in the world cricket, who seems to be only getting better as he plays.

Kohli gave an indication of his strong will-power and tough mental level at a very early stage of his life. Cricket experts often recall the incident of his childhood, when he came to bat for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy match on the day his father passed away.

Virat's father passed away at 3 a.m. on December 19, 2006, but much to the surprise of his teammates, Kohli, who was then a teenager, came back to resume his unbeaten knock and scored 90 valuable runs. His gritty knock helped Delhi save follow-on against Karnataka.

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Show of such mental strength at such a tender age brought the attention of several cricket experts as well as the media.

In an exclusive interview to CNN, Virat, for the first time recalled that incident and said it was the hardest phase of his life.

"I still remember the night my father passed away as it was the hardest time in my life. But the call to play the morning after my father's death came instinctively to me.

"For me, not completing a cricket game was equivalent to committing a sin. Importance that cricket holds in my life is above everything else."

Team India's Test captain also said that it was an incident which gave him a chance to stay firm in difficult situation.

"My father's death gave me the strength to fulfill my dreams, and that of my father's also," Kohli added.

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