“Virat Kohli is a real inspiration and I have learned a lot from him…”: Rahul Dravid

As Indian cricket icon, Virat Kohli gears up to play his 500th international game, former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has paid a heartfelt tribute to his former teammate and one of the finest batters ever. Kohli will reach this remarkable milestone when he takes the field for the second Test between India and the West Indies.

In a conversation with Vimal Kumar ahead of the momentous occasion, Dravid spoke highly of Kohli’s influence on the team and the aspiring players, especially young girls in India who look up to him as a role model. Dravid praised Kohli’s unparalleled energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the game, which inspires his fellow teammates and aspiring cricketers across the nation.

“Virat Kohli is a real inspiration to many players in the team & girls back in India. His energy & enthusiasm is unparalleled. The longevity of 500 games comes under lots of hard work and discipline. Over the years and I have learned a lot from him,” he said.

Kohli’s journey to playing 500 international games is a testament to his hard work, discipline, and unwavering dedication to the sport. Dravid acknowledged the incredible achievement and emphasized the effort and commitment required to maintain longevity in the international arena.
Having played alongside Kohli and witnessed his growth as a cricketer, Dravid expressed how much he has learned from the Indian skipper over the years. Kohli’s approach to the game, batting prowess, and leadership qualities have left a lasting impact on Dravid and countless others in the cricketing world.

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In the opening Test of the series against the West Indies, Kohli showcased his class again, contributing significantly with a crucial knock of 76 runs in the first innings. Under his captaincy, India secured a resounding victory by an innings and 141 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

As Kohli steps onto the field for his 500th international game, the cricketing fraternity and fans worldwide will undoubtedly celebrate his remarkable journey and outstanding contributions to the sport. His milestone is a testament to his talent, determination, and passion for the game, making him one of his generation’s most iconic and revered cricketers.

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