Vivian Richards' son Mali gifts Virat Kohli a painting to celebrate his double century

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North Sound (Antigua), July 26: After completing a record innings and 92-run victory over the West Indies in the 1st Test, India captain Virat Kohli had special guests visiting him at the team hotel.

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West Indian batting legend Sir Vivian Richards, along with his 32-year-old son Mali Alexander Richards, met Kohli to congratulate him for his maiden double century and the victory, achieved on Sunday (July 24).

Vivian Richards (second right) and his son Mali (left) gift Virat Kohli (second left) a painting. Mali's business partner Ron Howell (Guava De Artist) is also seen. Photo from BCCI's Twitter page

Richards, who is part of the TV commentary panel, was at the ground named after him, to witness Kohli's special knock of 200 runs. He had praised the Delhi right-hander for his "classy" innings.

Now, it has emerged that Richards' son Mali is also a fan of Kohli. It was Mali who wanted to meet Kohli and personally hand over a painting made to celebrate his highest score in Test cricket.

"We were excited when we found out that Kohli is going to be Antigua for the first Test. We wanted to do something creative for him but back then we did not know the exact date of his arrival," Mali told Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) website on Tuesday (July 26).

Mali, who played 18 first-class matches, gifted Kohli a painting which shows the skipper celebrating his double hundred at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

According to the BCCI's website, Mali owns an art gallery THOC (The House of Creativity).

"We decided to commemorate his maiden double hundred as he registered the milestone here in Antigua. We prepared the entire painting in just one day and came here to present it to him," Mali said.

Before the start of the series, Vivian Richards had met Kohli and other members of the Indian team. Kohli had said it was a "memorable moment" with "words of gold" from the great batsman.

The second Test of the four-match series starts in Jamaica on July 30.

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