India skipper Virat Kohli is celebrating his 31st birth anniversary today (November 5). To celebrate the occasion, Kohli wrote a letter to his 15-year-old self, touching upon his journey as a person and a professional.
Taking to Twitter, Virat shared a note and captioned it as: “My journey and life's lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. #NoteToSelf.”
In the letter, he addresses the importance of self belief. The Indian captain also urged the 15-year-old self to chase his dreams and not worry about different people in the world who might not even know him.
Kohli, who is the only batsman in the world to boast an average of above 50 across all three formats, also stressed on the significance of family and their 'unconditional love'.
Here is the full text of the letter:
First of all, a very happy birthday! I am sure you have a lot of questions for me about your future. I am sorry but I am not going to answer too many of them. Because not knowing what's in store makes every surprise sweet, every challenge thrilling and every disappointment an opportunity to learn. you don't realize it today but it's more about the journey then than the destination. And the journey is SUPER!
What I will tell you is that life has big things in store for you Virat. But you need to be ready for each and every opportunity that comes your way. Grab it and when it comes and never take what you have for granted. You will fail. Everyone does. Just promise yourself to rise. And if at first, you don't, try again.
You will be loved by many and will be disliked too. By some who don't even know you. Don't care about them, keep believing in yourself.
I know you're thinking those shoes dad did not gift you today. They mean nothing when compared to the hug he gave you this morning or the joke he cracked about your height. Cherish this. I know he can seem strict at times. But that's because he wants the best for you. You feel that our parents don't understand us sometimes. But remember this - only our family loves us unconditionally. Love them back, respect them and spend all the time you can with them. Tell Dad you love him. A lot. Tell him today. Tell him tomorrow. Tell him more often.
Finally, just follow your heart, chase your dreams, be kind and show the world how dreaming big makes all the difference. Be you.
And...savour those parathas buddy! They'll become quite a luxury in years to come. ????
Make every day super!"
After the gruelling Test series against South Africa at home, Virat Kohli has taken a break from cricket. He is not featuring in the ongoing three-match T20I series versus Bangladesh and will return to action against the same opponent in the Test series, starting November 14.