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I had a special connection with Jaitley: Kohli

September 12, 2019 22:37 IST

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma interacts with the family members of the late politician-cum-sports-administrator Arun Jaitley. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI

India skipper Virat Kohli turned nostalgic on Thursday after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) unveiled a new pavilion stand bearing his name at the Feroz Shah Kotla in recognition of his contribution to the game.


Speaking on the occasion of renaming Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium and unveiling of the stand named after him, Kohli said: "It is more special. It is happening at the same time as the stadium being named after Arun Jaitley Ji."

Virat Kohli

"I know Jaitley Ji as a person who came to my house and encouraged me when my father passed away. He also motivated me. So, I had a special connection with him. He was a very good person. So, it is a proud moment that both the things happened at the same time," he said.

Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the entire Indian team were present on the occasion.

Kohli thanked everyone. "I never thought that I will be honoured at a big stage like this. Thank you so much Rajat Sir and Amit Shah ji for doing the honours. Also, my team with whom I spend most of my time, a special group of people .... It is a very proud moment for me and my whole family."

Source: ANI