Today, Virat Kohli became the first batsman in the world to hit four consecutive double centuries in four successive matches. In the process, he broke the record of Sir Don Bradman.
While Sir Don and India’s Rahul Dravid had three consecutive double tons to their names, Kohli got four with a knock of 204 against Bangladesh in a one-off Test match in Hyderabad.
And that is not all – he also became the fourth skipper with four double tons in Tests.
But Kohli didn’t become Kohli out of the blue. He was taught and inspired by many, and one of them is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda and movie star.
According to reports, the star of ‘Messenger of God’ (MSG) said that Kohli had come to him for advice.
“He (Virat Kohli) was unable to convert good starts into big scores. I suggested him to practice hard and continue learning,” Dera Sacha Sauda chief is quoted as saying in this clip uploaded by MovieTalkies.
He said that not just Kohli, others like players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra, Vijender Singh, too, had come to him for help.
When asked why the players never said anything about him, Ram Rahim says that he has videos of him teaching the players. “Whether or not they take my name is their wish. But they came to me seeking advice and I helped them because I was a player myself,” he says.
“I told Virat that after scoring 30-40 runs, you want to pull off a new shot – and that’s where you go wrong. I told him that he should practice those shots before getting on the field and continue with his usual attacking game pattern.”
This video from a few years ago shows a young Virat Kohli listening to Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s teachings: