9 tattoos that signify everything that’s important to Virat Kohli

According to psychologists and experts, his tattoos symbolize the butterfly effect.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli India. (Photo by Subir Halder/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has changed a lot of things in Indian cricket. He likes to do things his way, doesn’t go by what is said and believed. Thus far in his professional career, Kohli has walked on his own trail. It took him some time and a lot of efforts to get here but today he is the best batsman in the world and every expert has at some point admitted it. Not just that, he is also the first tattooed captain of the Indian cricket team.

The Indian skipper has got as many as nine tattoos inked on his body thus far. These tattoos are not just his fashion statement or to add to his appeal, but each one of it has a specific meaning to him and marks an important event in his life. He was considered a brash Delhi lad to start off with and today is among the most followed and loved sportsmen around the world.

His tattoos symbolize the butterfly effect and he got each of it inked at a significant time in his life. The butterfly effect in psychology is explained with the chaos theory; it is the small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system that potentially can have an impact on large things.

It is about his psychology more than anything – relentless obsession with perfection, in search of clarity. Those moments that greatly affected his brain chemistry. He used the tattoos to wire new beliefs in his system which has helped him with his obsession to be the greatest that ever was.

Here is the story behind each of Virat Kohli’s nine tattoos

1. Prem and Saroj – his parents’ names

Saroj Kohli
A tattoo of his mother Saroj Kohli. (Photo Source: Hotstar)

Virat’s love and faith in his parents know no bounds. On multiple occasions, we have seen him attribute all his success to his father as well as his mother. In fact, it was Virat’s father Prem Kohli who introduced him to cricket when he was three years old. He supported him through the thick and thin in laying the foundation in the little child’s brain.

Mr Prem then got his son into a professional cricket coaching academy when he was just 9 years old. Virat said that he wanted to keep his parents with him till he is alive and thus got their names tattooed on his arm.

A tattoo of his father Prem Kohli
A tattoo of his father Prem Kohli. (Photo Source: Hotstar)

“Purely because the connection that I have felt with them is something that is unexplained. It is a feeling, it’s not even something that can be put into words. Hence I wanted to make it a part of me until I’m alive,” Virat explained the reason he got this tattoo while talking on NatGeo’s series Mega Icons.


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