While many celebrities celebrated Father's day on social media, one of the more important messages came from Team India skipper, Virat Kohli. He shared an unseen picture with his father, Prem Kohli, who passed away on December 19, 2006. 18-year old Virat had just begun his first-class cricket career then and he was in the middle of a Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka. He was unbeaten overnight on 40, when he lost his father to a massive heart-attack.
Kohli showed a lot of courage by returning to bat the next day and went on to score 90 to help Delhi avoid the follow-on. He received a rough umpiring decision, but he had done enough to bail his side out of trouble. He went straight to cremate his father after finishing his innings.
The 18-year old Virat is now 29 years old, and has the responsiblity of not just leading his country in all three formats, but is also expected to be the best batsman across the formats in all conditions. Virat's failure is often a bigger news headline for the media, as those are few and far between for the 'run machine'.
Virat's social media also creates a lot of interest and he is by far the most followed cricketer when you combine all the major social networking sites. His posts gather a lot of attention, and he uses the platform for promotional activities as well as connecting with his fans for important causes.
Virat in recent times has made a concious effort to create awareness about the importance of fitness and physical activity among the youth. On Sunday, he asked his followers to not just go out and play themselves, but also take along their fathers, and get them to play a sport to remain healthy and fit.
Here is Virat's tweet where he shares the message along with an unseen picture with his late father: