Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has a rather ‘fruity’ nickname – Chickoo.
But how did he get this name?
Thanks to Yuvraj Singh’s book, ‘Test of My Life’, people got to know that Virat was named Chikoo after the character in the children’s magazine ‘Champak’. But a new book on the Delhi batsman reveals the real facts.
Veteran sports journalist Vijay Lokapally has written a book ‘Driven’ which reveals a lot of secrets about Virat and his life. The same book reveals the reason behind Virat’s cute pet name.
The book explains:
The Delhi team was playing a Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai. Virat has not even played a total of 10 first-class matches. He was a part of set-up that included players he had looked up to — (Virender) Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, (Rajat) Bhatia and (Mithun) Manhas. He was more than happy to be sharing dressing room with them. One evening, he returned to the hotel with his hair nicely cropped. He has spotted a fancy hair salon close by and given himself a new look. ‘How is it?’ he asked excitedly as he ran into a couple of younger colleagues. ‘Not bad, you look like a Chikoo (Sapodilla),’ joked Ajit Chowdhary, the assistant coach looking from a distance.
The name struck. Chickoo. Virat didn’t mind at all.
The book has also quoted Ajit Chowdhary talking about Virat’s hunger for run and attention:
‘He was still trying to find his feet in the big world of domestic cricket circuit. He liked it when he got attention. I have not known a more competitive youngster. He was just hungry for more — runs and attention,’ said Chowdhary, the only person other than coach Rajkumar Sharma to have admonished Virat.
Virat, while getting that new hair cut, never would have thought that it will get him such adorable and famous nickname.