I saw Rohit getting so emotional for the first time in 15 years: Virat Kohli

Mumbai. Star cricketer Virat Kohli revealed in front of a packed house at the Wankhede Stadium during the team’s felicitation ceremony here on Thursday that he had never seen India captain Rohit Sharma so emotional in 15 years as he hugged him with teary eyes after the T20 World Cup win. “This is the first time in 15 years that I have seen Rohit so emotional. When we were climbing the stairs (at Kensington Oval), he was crying and I was crying too,” Kohli said during the felicitation ceremony held after the memorable ‘victory parade’ on an open bus.

When Kohli was 21 years old, he had said on this ground that it was absolutely appropriate to carry the great Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders who had carried the burden of Indian cricket for 21 years. Kohli (34 years) announced his retirement from this short format of cricket after winning the trophy last week. Standing on this ground, he hoped that he and his captain have done well to take responsibility for 15 years and bring the trophy to the country. Kohli said, “I think we (Rohit and I) have taken the responsibility and there is nothing better than bringing the trophy back here (Wankhede).”

He knew during the innings break of the final that this was his last match. Kohli said, “After the match was half over, I knew that now the time has come for the next generation to take responsibility.” In 2011, he was the youngest member of the team, he saw Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh getting emotional and perhaps he did not understand their being emotional. But now he can understand it very well.

He said, “I could not understand the feelings of the senior players that night (after winning the 2011 World Cup) when they started crying but now I can understand them.” The host of the program Gaurav Kapoor asked in a light-hearted manner, “I am thinking of signing a petition to declare Jasprit Bumrah as a ‘national heritage’. Will you sign it?” Kohli immediately replied, “I will sign it right now.” Kohli said, “A player like Bumrah is born in a generation and we are happy that he plays for us.”

For Jasprit Bumrah, it was a once in a lifetime experience. He said, “This ground is really very special. I came here when I was a kid and what I saw today, I have never seen before.” Bumrah said, “I got emotional on seeing my son and I had no words. I told my wife that I want to see my son (watch me play).” Outgoing coach Rahul Dravid also expressed similar sentiments. He said, “I will miss this love of the audience a lot, I will never forget what I saw on the streets tonight.

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