India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday revealed the story behind his nickname ‘cheeku’. Speaking to former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen in an Instagram Live chat session, Kohli stated that he was given the identify by his former coach when he was younger and enjoying first-class for Delhi.
“I got my name from the coach I had when I was playing Ranji cricket team. I used to have big cheeks back then. In 2007, I thought I am losing hair. So I got my hair cut really short. I had big ears. I looked like a clown,” Kohli recalled when Pietersen requested him about his nickname.
“We used to have this comic book Champak at that time. In which there was a character ‘Cheeku the rabbit’. So my coach used to call me Cheeku the rabbit. From there the name was picked up and now it has gone everywhere,” Kohli stated.
He additional added that the identify was made well-known in cricket by MS Dhoni, who saved calling him Cheeku from behind the stumps.”Cheeku got here from… MS has made my identify well-known from behind the stumps. It was caught on the mic-stumps and then it obtained in all places,” Kohli stated.
He additional added that nobody calls him ‘Virat’ anymore. “Cheeku is the name which is used for kids in an Indian locality. Whenever I used to go out on the streets, people used to call me from behind, ‘Oye cheeku, oye cheeku’. Now, nobody calls me ‘Virat’ anymore. It’s either ‘Cheeku’ or ‘Kohli’,” he additional stated.
Kohli has been Pietersen’s greatest visitor to date after the previous England cricketer determined to interview cricketers across the globe amid lockdown as a consequence of coronavirus pandemic. Previously South Africa’s Dale Steyn, Pakistan’s Amed Shahzad and India restricted-overs vice captain have been invited KP’s Instagram reside.