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Cricketer Virat Kohli: “It is awkward for me to be playing in front of a pavilion named after me”

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The Indian cricket team is poised to resume their ODI World Cup 2023 journey, as they prepare to face Afghanistan in their second match of the competition. This highly anticipated game is scheduled to take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, October 11th. After a convincing triumph over Australia, captained by Pat Cummins, Team India is determined to maintain their winning streak and secure a second victory in this tournament during their upcoming encounter. As the upcoming match draws near, it promises to be an extraordinary moment for the renowned Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli. Having been raised in Delhi, the spectators at the Arun Jaitley Stadium are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Kohli on his home turf.

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It’s worth mentioning that the stadium boasts a pavilion dedicated to Virat Kohli. Speaking on this matter, Kohli engaged in a conversation with fellow Indian cricketer KL Rahul, during which he candidly discussed the experience of playing in front of a stand bearing his name.

Virat Kohli said in a video shared by the BCCI:

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“For me, that is the stadium where I grew up playing age-group Ranji cricket. I also played for India there. Those memories stay fresh in your mind. You can feel it because that is where everything started, selectors saw you for the first time and gave you an opportunity. It is special to go back and play at Arun Jaitley Stadium.”

During the conversation with Rahul, Kohli acknowledged feeling uncomfortable when playing in front of a pavilion bearing his name. He expressed that being honored in this way was unexpected, and he had never imagined such a recognition would come his way. He stated,

“It is awkward for me to be playing in front of a pavilion named after me. I do not like to talk about it a lot. But it is a great honour and I feel happy and grateful about it, it is something I never felt would happen to me,”


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