Virat Kohli leaves Arun Jaitley Stadium in swanky car after practice, Delhi crowd goes berserk
The fact that Virat Kohli's fandom is unrivalled was ably illustrated in a video that showed the audience going bonkers while witnessing their iconic hero. After finishing his practise, Kohli exited in his posh Porsche, sending the audience into a frenzy.
The anticipation in Delhi is great as Virat Kohli prepares to play his first Test match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in six years. After all, it was in this place that "Cheeku," a talented cricketer from Paschim Vihar, started his road towards becoming the best batter in the world. With Kohli's first Test match in Delhi since 2017 set to begin on Friday, you can be sure it will be extremely loud. And Kohli is working extremely hard to ensure that his 106th Test is a success. Kohli batted in the nets for the past two days, spending numerous hours doing so, specifically against spinners. In the lead-up to the second India vs. Australia Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli is eager to put his recent struggles against spinners behind him.
Kohli was surrounded by spectators who had come to the event and were watching the action from the sidelines as he finished his training and prepared to leave the stadium. The fact that Kohli's fandom is unrivalled was ably captured in a video that showed the crowd going bonkers while watching their iconic hero. After finishing his practise, Kohli exited in his posh Porsche, sending the audience into a frenzy.
Not just the general population wants to see Kohli play in Delhi again. On his approach to the stadium, the former India captain went on a sentimental journey that left him unable to contain his joy. Kohli posted a tale on Instagram with the caption: "After a long time, a long drive brought us to the Delhi stadium. Such a warm, happy memory."
Kohli could hardly have hoped to participate in the second game in Delhi after being cheaply removed for 12 in the series opener in Nagpur. His track record at the Arun Jaitley Stadium is outstanding. With two fifties and one double century, Kohli has collected 467 Test runs while batting at the location, once known as the historic Feroz Shah Kotla. Kohli scored 1 and 42 in his maiden Test in 2013, and then 44 and 88 against South Africa in 2015. Two years later, Kohli faced Sri Lanka at home and scored 243 as the game ended in a draw. This was Kohli's seventh double-ton of his career.
Since then, only one international match has taken place in Delhi: an ODI between India and Australia in 2019. Last year, India played South Africa in a T20I and then an ODI as Delhi hosted games for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak, although Kohli was not a member of the team on either occasion. He had taken a little break in June, and in late October, Kohli and the rest of his colleagues had gone to Australia for the T20 World Cup, where a reserve Indian team was taking the field.