An incident when Virat Kohli’s father refused to offer a bribe for his selection
Dear Darling Friend,
When he was 18, cricketer Virat Kohli lost his father Prem Kohli.
On the Instagram live chat show hosted by footballer Sunil Chhetri, Kohli recounted an incident when he was not selected in the team after his father refused to offer a bribe in school cricket selections.
“In my home State (Delhi), sometimes things happen which are not fair. On one occasion, a certain someone did not play by the rules when it came to selection criteria,” said Kohli.
“He told my father that while I had the merit to be selected, a little extra (possibly a bribe) was needed to confirm my selection.
My father, who had worked hard all his life to become a successful lawyer, did not even want to understand what ‘little extra’ meant.
He simply said, ‘If you want to select Virat, then let it be purely on merit. I will give you nothing extra’.”
“I didn’t get selected. I cried a lot; I was broken. But that incident taught me a lot.
I realized that I had to be extraordinary to become successful. I also realized I had to achieve this, purely through my own effort and hard work. My father showed me the right way, through action and not merely words,” said Virat Kohli.
What a fantastic lesson! What fantastic parenting! And dear Virat – ‘What a comeback’! A salute to you!!!
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