Virat Kohli also knows what it feels like when criticism rushes in and is quick when one isn’t performing to its full potential after a global title.
And no one knows more than Virat Kohli what it feels like to be the one to beat the world at the level where it matters most.
So it’s not just “good morning but a great morning” for people like Rajvardhan Hagargekars, Kaushal Tambes, Yash Dhulls connected on a zoom call from their respective hotel rooms in Antigua, they have one of their role models waiting to “congratulate them” and also talk to them about What it means to play a U-19 World Cup final.
India U-19 led by Yash Dhull will take on England in the fourth consecutive final at this level since 2016.
And Kohli knew a thing or two about winning a high-pressure final at grassroots level when his team beat South Africa on a peaceful evening in Kuala Lumpur in 2008.
Fourteen summers have passed and Kohli has become the captain and is now the former leader of the senior team with over 20,000 international appearances recorded.
Whether it’s the BCCI secretary Jay Shah or head of NCA VVS Laxman, whoever asked Kohli to spend some time on ‘Baby Blues’ has done a remarkable job as few people probably know what it takes to get the score.
U-19 is just the first stop and even if they win, there is certainly no guarantee that life will be full of roses from here on.
Rajvardhan Hangargekar, the team’s top all-round bowler wrote: “It was really good to get to socialize with you Virat Kohli bhaiyya. Learned some important things about life and cricket from you, which will help us become better in the future”.
Spinner writes: “Some valuable tips from GOAT before the finals” Kaushal Tambe.
Their head coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar were also present listening intently to what one of the world’s greatest smashers had to say.
One can be more assured of the road ahead where a lot of them will fall, some will be limited to domestic level and only a few selected with great talent and temperament. Only big can overcome.
Kohli knew what the dangers of the original star were and how one could return to earth. He has seen highs and lows and one can only hope this discussion will make these young people more well-rounded as sportspeople than they have been in the past.