Suresh Batra, Kohli's childhood coach has passed away. Kohli took training under coach Rajkumar Sharma at the West Delhi Cricket Academy in his early days.
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is currently busy preparing for the World Test Championship and England tour has suffered a major setback. Suresh Batra, Kohli's childhood coach has passed away. Kohli took training under coach Rajkumar Sharma at the West Delhi Cricket Academy in his early days.
Senior sports journalist Vijay Lokapally gave this information on Twitter.
Suresh Batra was an assistant coach in this academy. Batra, 53, recognized Kohli's talent at the age of just nine.
Virat Kohli took training from the West Delhi Cricket Academy as a child, then Rajkumar Sharma used to coach Virat; meanwhile, Suresh Batra was an assistant coach in this academy.
Rajkumar Sharma and Suresh Batra have a big hand in making Virat Kohli such a big player. Kohli has played nine years of cricket under the supervision of these two.
Batra had told in an interview that after coming to the West Delhi Cricket Academy, Virat was playing an under-14 match at Springdales School. He was surprised to see a magnificent six from Virat. Batra had said, 'We were playing against the Playmakers Academy, this match was on a matting wicket. This boy picked the ball with great ease and hit it for a six over mid-wicket. It was a great shot for a boy younger than 10 years.
Suresh Batra (striped t-shirt), who coached @imVkohli when he was a teenager, passed away on Thursday. He had finished his daily morning puja and collapsed. He was 53. "I lost my younger brother. Knew him since 1985," said Rajkumar Sharma. May his soul Rest in Peace.... pic.twitter.com/pW3avt6NpP— Vijay Lokapally (@vijaylokapally) May 21, 2021