Former India captain Virat Kohli on Friday recalled his first-ever photo with ‘childhood hero’ Rahul Dravid during his congratulations ahead of the start of his record 100th appearance for the country in the opener of the two-game series against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) then shared this 22-year-old viral photo of Kohli and Dravid.
Kohli was congratulated on Friday on becoming the 12th cricketer to play 100 Test matches for India and the 71st overall. He received the special Team India Test cap from current India head coach Dravid, in the presence of his team members and his wife Anushka Sharma.
Speaking on the special occasion, Kohli recalled his first meeting and photo with Dravid in 2006 during his ‘U-15 NCA days’ and therefore felt honored to have received the former captain’s special cap. the India Test. The 33-year-old added that he still had the picture at home.
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“I couldn’t have received it from a better person (Rahul Dravid), one of my childhood heroes. I still have the picture in my house from my U-15 NCA days, when I watched you while taking a picture with you! Today I get my 100th test cap from you, so indeed it’s been a great journey and hopefully still growing,” he said.
Sharing the viral image, RCB tweeted, saying, “How did it start, how did it go! From one legend to another. #PlayBold #TeamIndia #INDvSL #VK100 #ViratKohli #ViratKohli100thTest.
“Thank you Rahul bhai, this is really a special moment for me. My wife is here, my brother is here in the stadium. All my family members, my coach since childhood, all are very proud. To all my teammates, thank you very much for your support over the years. It is indeed a team game and this trip would not have been possible without all of you. To the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to represent Indian cricket and to From there it just got better and better,” Kohli added.
“The one thing I would say is that in our time, with the amount of cricket that we play – the three formats and the IPL, the only point the next generation can take from my Test career is that I was able to strive and play the purest format in the game and hit 100 tests, which I’m proud of.