India skipper Virat Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree for quite some time now. During the South Africa tour earlier this year, he became the second highest ODI century maker with 35 tons, 14 behind the great Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 49.
However, Kohli’s record-breaking cricketing journey wouldn’t have been possible had he not broken the windows of his neighbours' house while growing up. Virat just loved batting as a boy and akin to thousands of budding cricketers in India he was once scolded by a colony aunty for breaking her windows.
"When I was growing up, there was a Kansal aunty who used to be mad at me. I used to break her windows all the time. Would hit the ball with force. I would be so pissed that the glass was so fragile that it would break easily," Kohli said during a live chat to talk about the State of Play.
The 29-year-old Indian captain further went on to say that he would often wonder why they don’t make stronger glasses.
"That was because the lane we used to play cricket in, her house was right next to where we would bat. So everytime, we hit a ball with force, it used to break her window. I would be so pissed that these glasses were so fragile. Why couldn't they make it stronger so we could play in peace? Those were good times, those were fun times," he added.
When it comes to on-field performances, Kohli has been in top form of late. He was the highest run-getter in both Test and ODI series from either side during the South Africa tour. Virat had scored 286 runs at an average of 47.66 on some of the most difficult wickets in three Tests and then followed it up with 558 runs at an average of 186 in 6 ODIs.
For someone who fetches INR 18 crores to play in a single edition of IPL, Kohli began his cricket journey with a plastic bat.
"I got fascinated with plastic bats at home. My father used to chuck balls at me. We stayed in a colony but we never waited for a proper cricket field. We went out and played in a rectangular field. If I see that now, then maybe I would find it too small but back in those days, that was all we needed,” Virat said.
The Delhi lad also insisted people to not wait for professional sporting facilities to go out and play a sport.
"People should not wait for professional facilities - people want it the easy way nowadays," he concluded.