“It’s weird for me…”: Virat Kohli on playing Cricket World Cup in front of ‘Virat Pavilion Stand’ in Delhi

Cricket World Cup: Virat Kohli talking to KL Rahul before Afghanistan match© Twitter

India batsman Virat Kohli said it will be strange to play in front of the pavilion named after him at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, where he has honed his skills playing age-group cricket and Ranji Trophy. After starting their World Cup campaign with a comfortable win over mighty Australia, India will face Afghanistan in their second match of the quadrangular tournament in Delhi on Wednesday. A pavilion in the stadium, formerly known as Feroz Shah Kotla, is named after the former India captain.

In a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Virat was discussing his partnership with KL Rahul against Australia, which ultimately turned the match in India’s favour.

After this, the discussion in the video focused on the fact that Virat is facing the bowlers near the pavilion built in his name.

“For me, that’s the stadium where I grew up playing age-group, Ranji cricket. I’ve also played for India there. Those memories stay fresh in your mind. You can feel it because that’s where everything started What happened was, the selectors saw you for the first time and gave you a chance. It is special to go back and play at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. We used to practice in the B ground and watch Ranji teams practice in the main ground. It is strange for me to play in front of the stadium. The pavilion is named after me. I don’t like to talk about it much. But it’s a big honor and I’m happy and grateful about it, it’s something I never thought would happen to me. This will happen together,” Virat said in the video.

Talking about his 165-run partnership against Australia, which helped them chase the 200-run target after being reduced to 2/3, Virat said it was better than his 233-run stand against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. The partnership was “a little more special” than that. For the third wicket.

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