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'There's A Reason He Is Called King': Kohli's Childhood Coach Lauds His Selflessness

Virat Kohli with his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma (Twitter)Virat Kohli with his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma (Twitter)

Virat Kohli's childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, praised the cricketer's selfless dedication to the team and stated that he always prioritizes his team's needs over personal milestones.

According to Sharma, Kohli's performance in critical matches, especially in the T20 World Cup Final shows why he is revered as 'King Kohli'.

Kohli's heroics in T20 WC final celebrated by childhood coach

Despite a modest run in the initial matches of the tournament, Virat Kohli rose to the occasion in the final against South Africa, where he played a massive role in stabilizing the Indian innings after early jitters.

“Virat always puts his team first, he always plays for his team. He always performs for his team in big matches for India. In the T20 World Cup Final, he showed there is a reason he is called 'King Kohli'" said Rajkumar Sharma.

Kohli's resilience was on full display as he anchored the team, scoring 76 runs off 59 balls—a knock spiced with six boundaries and two maximums, steering India to a competitive total of 176/7.

This crucial innings came after a string of low scores in the tournament, with Kohli amassing only 75 runs in the first seven innings. However, his valiant effort in the final boosted his tournament average and strike rate, ending with 151 runs at an average of 18.87 and a strike rate of 112.68.

Throughout his T20 World Cup career, Kohli has been a consistent performer, scoring 1,292 runs across 35 matches at an average of 58.72. 

With this Player of the Match award in the T20 World Cup final, Kohli also announced his retirement from international T20s, leaving behind a legacy highlighted by one century and 38 fifties, with a top score of 122*.

The victory brought an end to India's 13-year drought in ICC World Cup trophies, with contributions from other team members like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who played key roles in clinching the win.