Headline, May 23 2019/ ''' '' CAPTAIN -VIRAT KOHLI'S- CAPSTAN '' '''

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MUMBAI : India captain Virat Kohli has emotionally told how his late father refused to pay a bribe to get him into a Delhi state junior team when he was a teenager.

The world's top ranked one-day batsman did not identify who had demanded the bribe but said he was rejected by the team, a rebuff that left him ''broken''.

''In my home state........some times things happen that are not fair,'' the Times of India newspaper and other media quoted Kohli as saying during an online forum with India's football captain Sunil Chhetri.

''On one occasion a certain person did not play by the rules for selection criteria,'' the skipper added. ''He told my father while I had the merit, a little extra bribe was needed to confirm my selection.''

But Kohli said his father insisted that the selection had to be on merit alone.

''My father simply said, ''If you want to select Virat then let it be purely on merit. I will give you nothing extra.''

Kohli said he was in tears after being told he had not made the team. ''I cried a lot. I was broken,'' he declared. ''That incident taught me a lot. I realized this is how the world is run,'' he was quoted as saying.

''If you want to progress, do something that no one else is doing, if I had to become successful, I needed to be extraordinary. And I had to achieve this purely through my own efforts and hard work.

My father showed me the right way through his actions and not merely words. Those little things had a great impact on my me,'' Kohli was quoted as saying.

Kohli's father, a lawyer, died when he was 18 and playing in a Ranji Trophy state match for Delhi. He returned to bat the day after his father's death.

''I accepted his death as I was focused on moving forward with my career,'' Kohli said.

''His death made me realize that I had to make something of my life. Now I think how nice it would be if I could have given my father the peaceful retired life he deserved. At times I get emotional thinking about him.

Virat Kohli's wide range of shots makes him him one of the most versatile batsman of his era and the India captain said it was a tweak in his stance that brought him a deluge of runs in recent years.

Kohli made his in 2008 as a flashy batsman but has since combined compact technique with elegant shotmaking.

In a Facebook live chat with Bangladesh one-day captain Tamim Iqbal he said ditching his earlier stance opened up scoring options for him.

''I changed because I wanted to score all over the ground. The static position was limiting my shotmaking options,'' said the 31-year old, who goes back-and-across in his current stance.

''It works for many, Sachin Tendular for instance. He had no issues because of his superior technique and hand-eye coordination.
''I had to check tweak it to suit my game. When someone first told me it could open up my options, I thought of giving it a try.

''Luckily, it clicked and I immediately stamped executing shots which I never thought I could.''

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