Virat Kohli calls Mumbai ‘home of cricket in India’, fans gratified

first_imgMumbai’s redemption with Virat Kohli is complete. Three seasons after they booed him for being a ‘I mean business’ opponent against Mumbai Indians in an IPL game at the Wankhede, fans are now going gaga over the Indian skipper for making them proud. (Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”We are proud to have a captain who is the best in the world. I will never forget the shots he played against England in this match,” said Nitin, a Test match regular in Mumbai.The local merchandise sellers could not thank Kohli enough for boosting their business. “Generally for a Test match we don’t sell much. But this time everyone wanted to buy a Virat Kohli t-shirt before going in for the match,” said one. (Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)We spotted a couple of English fans wearing Kohli jerseys and when asked if they had switched sides, one of them replied: “We are England fans but we are soaking in the atmosphere. You have the best batsman in the world. On a track England found difficult to survive on, he scored 235 without any trouble.”Kohli on his part, has done enough to win fans over from this part of the country by paying them the ultimate compliment.At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “The way the crowd came out and supported us, it gave us the energy to push through the tough moments in what is the home of cricket in India.” (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)advertisementKohli remembered how his team had let their supporters down in Mumbai twice before against England in 2006 and 2012. “I was telling Ashwin while taking the victory lap, this is the ground, where the last time we played England, that we lost our momentum and lost the series mentally,” he said.Close to capacity crowds came in to watch Kohli bat through the course of his eight-hour gem. By taking a victory lap around the ground acknowledging their support, Team India has more than made up for the losses in the past.And Virat Kohli with his batting artistry and heartfelt gratitude, has forged his own special bond with the city.last_img

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