When Virat Kohli pleasantly amazed his childhood coach on Teacher’s Day
The same was mentioned by Vijay Lokapally in his book 'Driven', released back in October 2016.
Updated - Sep 5, 2018 1:00 pm
The Teacher’s Day is celebrated in order to recognise the contribution of teachers. In India, the occasion is celebrated on September 5, the day when President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Virswami was born. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team’s captain, has grown in stature over the years and he has previously shown immense love and admiration for his childhood coach Rajkumar Kumar.
Four years ago in 2014, the Delhi-born cricketer gifted his coach a Skoda Rapid on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. It was handed to him by Virat’s elder brother Vikas. Quite expectantly, it overjoyed Rajkumar and he appreciated how Virat values his mentor’s contribution to his life and career. The same was mentioned by Vijay Lokapally in his book ‘Driven’, released back in October 2016.
It was not merely because he had gifted me the car
“I answered the bell and found Vikas (Kohli’s elder brother) at the door. His brother’s arrival at his house so early in the day was cause for concern. Vikas stepped into the house, dialed a number and handed his cell phone to Raj Kumar. ‘Happy teacher’s Day Sir,’ said Virat, even as Vikas thrust something into Rajkumar’s palms – a bunch of keys,” Lokapally wrote.
“Rajkumar stood perplexed as Vikas requested him to step out of his house. A gleaming Skoda Rapid was parked at the gate – a gift from Virat to his mentor. It was not merely because he had gifted me the car. It was because of his emotional touch to the process of reminding me how much he treasured our association and valued the role of a teacher in his life,” he added.
Virat Kohli is currently captaining the Indian team in the five-match Test series against England. Albeit he is the leading run-scorer with 544 runs at a stupendous average of 68, the visiting team has conceded the series 1-3 after the 60-run defeat at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The fifth and final match will be played at Kennington Oval in London, starting September 7.