Bangalore: Virat Kohli is a remarkable young man, symbolic of brave new India which not only knows what it wants, but also how to get there.
Long before he captured the imagination by leading the country to the Under-19 World Cup crown in Kuala Lumpur in 2008, Kohli had made a telling statement of intent and character. Then only 18 and in his first first-class season, Kohli lost his father during a Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in December 2006. He came back out to bat the following day, speechless and clearly in mourning, but made a sparkling 90 to haul his side out of the woods.
Just to bat out time and help his team avoid defeat was a commendable accomplishment for somebody in his first season. To do so under mitigating circumstances suggested that here was one for the future, worth investing in, worth nurturing.