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“Sir Viv patted Virat on his shoulder, said thank you”- Razdan recalls Richards’ response to Kohli’s gesture

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Acclaimed analyst and former India cricketer Vivek Razdan described an interesting anecdote about Virat Kohli and West Indies legend Viv Richards, that occurred on a flight.

“In 2019, when India had reached West Indies for Tests and ODIs. All the matches were taking place on different islands. And because of it, West Indies cricket arranges a huge flight where they everyone travels together – players, production crew, board members and others. After the match in Antigua got over, we had taken the flight to reach out next destination. The players boarded the flight first, followed by the production crew. The commentary team comprised Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards,” Razdan said on SportsKeeda.

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“What happened was that the players were seated, the flight was almost full. Sir Vivian Richards entered the flight with his bag but he could not find a space in the overhead locker since it was full. He was getting very worried and started opening different lockers to see if there was any space. Suddenly I saw Virat get up and started shuffling everyone’s luggage. Everyone kept sitting and barring Kohli, no one got up.

“Now, don’t forget that Kohli back then was not only the captain of the Indian cricket team but in 2019, he was the biggest name in batting in world cricket. In the end, Kohli moved his own luggage, kept it below the seat in front of him, and made room for Sir Richards’s luggage. Sir Viv patted his shoulder and said thank you.”

Kohli, as a player, batter, and captain, has always inspired Richards. When Kohli stepped down as India’s captain earlier this year, the West Indies legend congratulated him on Twitter.

“Congratulations @imVkohli on a stunning run as the Indian captain. You can be very proud of what you have achieved so far, and for sure, your name will be up there among the best leaders in world cricket,” he had said.

(Sportskeeda inputs)





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