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From Seeking Charulata’s Blessings To Coming Out As A Feminist, 5 Reasons Why B’day Boy Virat Is Our Favourite

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A Bad Boy With A Good Heart
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A Bad Boy With A Good Heart

It was in the year 2011 during India’s tour of Australia that Virat Kohli had an intense verbal duel with the Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson. Sure, Aussies are known for their provoking nature but Virat’s hot-headed temperament did not help the cause either. The fight got so intense that Captain Ricky Ponting had to pull Virat out of the argument.

There is no denying that there have been plenty of instances of the Indian skipper getting aggressive on-field, be it him sparring with cricketer Gautam Gambhir during IPL 2013, or hurling abuses at Pakistani bowlers at the Asia Cup in 2012.

But, as the years passed, we saw Kohli grow up and become a kind-hearted, responsible man. Fast forward to 2019, our favourite cricketer is now a good Samaritan who respects boundaries and has the courage to speak up for the right. As the cricketer turns 31, we take a look back at some of the instances when Virat behaved like a true blue gentleman and won the hearts of all Indians.

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An Act Of Kindness That Won Hearts
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An Act Of Kindness That Won Hearts

The 2019 Cricket World Cup was special for team India in more ways than one. The boys set new examples and records and Virat Kohli was no exception. When Team India took on Australia in one of the cricket matches, Steve Smith, an Australian cricketer was booed by the Indian crowd for his poor fielding.

Things got really personal and some fans in the crowd started chanting ‘cheater cheater’ referring to his ball-tampering scandal. Virat Kohli noticed this and was quick to react. The 31-year-old urged the Indians fans to stop booing and clap for him instead.

Seeing Virat stand up for him, Smith exchanged a handshake with him. Speaking on the incident, the Indian Captain said, "I just felt for him, and I told him, 'I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd because I have seen that happen in a few earlier games as well’. In my opinion, that's not acceptable."

Shutting Up Trolls Like A Boss
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Shutting Up Trolls Like A Boss

Virat Kohli’s wife and famous B-town actress, Anushka Sharma, has often been a target of trolls. In the matches where Anushka Sharma is present in the stadium, a common trend for the trolls is to blame Anushka for Virat’s poor performance.

In 2016, Virat took a strong stand for then girlfriend Anushka Sharma, and called out trolls for trolling Anushka when she had no control over what he did with his sport. “Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated,” wrote Virat in an Instagram post.

This gesture of Virat earned him appreciation from all over. Actress Richa Chaddha appreciated the Indian team skipper saying, “Why can’t more men emulate Virat Kohli?”

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When Virat Met His Biggest Fan
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When Virat Met His Biggest Fan

Out of all the special ‘Virat-moments’ that came out of 2019 Cricket World Cup, the one that won the hearts of all Indians was when the Indian skipper met 87-year-old cricket fan Charulata Patel. For the uninitiated, when India took on Bangladesh on July 2, the television cameras kept panning to an 87-year-old woman who was enthusiastically cheering for Team India and even blowing a trumpet.

Commentator Sourav Ganguly helped identify the woman and once the match ended, Virat took it upon himself to go and meet Charulata Patel. The Captain of the Indian Cricket Team spent some time chatting with her and even sought her blessings for the upcoming matches.

“Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen,” Virat wrote in a tweet.

Making Women’s Cricket Team #BleedBlue
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Making Women’s Cricket Team #BleedBlue

The Golden girls of Indian cricket, the women’s cricket team, has made India proud on several occasions but their hard work and dedication rarely gets the same appreciation as that of men’s cricket team. Virat took a stand for them and started a campaign #JerseyKnowsNoGender to urge the nation to boost their spirits.

He even nominated some of his fellow sportsmen, Rishabh Pant, Sunil Chetri and Saina Nehwal to wear the blue jersey and cheer for the women’s cricket team.

A true gentleman? You bet!

A Feminist Who Bats For Women’s Rights
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A Feminist Who Bats For Women’s Rights

Virat Kohli has come out as a feminist on not one but several occasions. The Indian skipper has gone on record to talk about how chauvinistic the country has become and that more men should see themselves as feminists.

Back in 2015, Virat Kohli came up with a video #Respect2Protect where he along with fellow cricketers, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Ravi Shastri urged men to respect women and their choices.

Moreover, the cricketer also posted a Women’s Day message on Instagram in 2016 where he apologised to all the women for men who make the world a difficult place for them.

Wishing Virat Kohli a very happy 31st birthday.

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