Monday, June 3, 2019

Virat - The Making of a Champion - Review

What is the first word that comes to mind while discussing about Virat Kohli?
Most people would say 'passion'!

"Virat - The Making of a Champion" by sports journalists Neeraj Jha and Vidhanshu Kumar chronicles Kohli's journey - from cricket camp to becoming the world's best batsman across formats, shouldering the hope of more than a billion people, and be the champion that he is.

The book talks about each and every aspect of Virat's life:

Personal - his equation with his parents, his rapport with his coach, influence of his life partner, his dynamics with the fans and the sacrifices he made to reach where he is.

Professional - His hunger for runs, his passion for the game, becoming the biggest celebrity brand, fitness icon, an influencer, transforming himself and the Indian team's culture, his records and achievements, and of course the controversies.

The authors use simple language which makes the book easy to read. The youngest of Kohli fans can enjoy the book.

We especially liked the way the book is organised. the contents page crisply summarises all that the authors describe through the chapters.

The book contains excerpts from cricketers and people who have watched Virat or followed from close quarters for a long time. For example, Nehraji was in Delhi's team when Virat started playing at junior level, later became his Ranji teammate and ultimately they played along with each other for Team India. He is a witness to Virat's growth and transformation.

The book is a testament to the fact that Virat wasn't the most talented batsman at the start of his career but his hunger, resolve, sacrifices and hard work made him the best batsman of his generation. It conveys a very important lesson for all the youngsters.

The book is a must read for all Virat Kohli fans.

It is available on Amazon and Flipkart. Go grab your copies. Happy reading!

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