On November 29, the legends of Delhi cricket gathered at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi to inaugurate stands named after former left-arm orthodox bowler Bishan Singh Bedi and 1983 World Cup champion Mohinder Amarnath. The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) also honoured Virat Kohli for reaching 50 international hundreds at the DDCA’s 1st Annual Conclave 2017 at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium.
In the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, Kohli reached this feat when the team was struggling against a brutal bowling attack from the Lankans.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli gave a statement on the importance of Test cricket. While speaking on this occasion, Virat Kohli recollected his memories from his early cricket days and stated that “the youngsters should take up the longer version of the game’.
Kohli stated that the game of cricket would globally sustain if Test cricket remains the premier format. He said,
I believe Test cricket is paramount for the game to sustain globally. I would urge youngsters to take up the longer version of the game.
I and my team hopefully can continue what we have been doing. Hopefully, we can bring many more laurels to the country and inspire more kids to take up cricket and especially Test cricket.
Kohli also recalled the days when he used to train under former Indian legend Bishan Singh Bedi.
I remember when I used to play U14 and U16s for Delhi, Bedi sir would make us train too much. Now that’s become a part of my life.
Bedi, on his part, praised Virat Kohli for his dedication towards the game. He said,
I may not agree with some of his gestures on the field but I have never seen an Indian more intense than Virat. He will mellow down for sure but how much I have learnt watching Virat is unreal.
The DDCA felicitated the former captains of Delhi team including current Indian skipper Virat Kohli as well as women captains.
Among the women captains, DDCA honoured Sunita Sharma, Rakhi Mehra, Renuka Dua, Jaya Sharma, Lalita Sharma, Rajnee Sharma and Anjum Chopra.
And among the men, the skipper list included:
Prakash Bhandari, Rajinder Pal, Bishan Singh Bedi, Vinay Lamba, Venkat Sundaram, Surinder Amarnath, Mohinder Amarnath, Chetan Chauhan, Rakesh Shukla, Madan Lal, Ajay Sharma, Kirti Azad, Surinder Khanna, K.P. Bhaskar, Ravi Sehgal, Sanjeev Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Vijay Dahiya, Nikhil Chopra, Rahul Sangawi, Ajay Jadeja, Amit Bhandari, Mithun Manhas, Maninder Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Aakash Chopra, Rajat Bhatia, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand, Ishant Sharma and current skipper Rishabh Pant.