Virat Kohli Fondly Remembers Idol Michael Jordan, Reflecting on Childhood Memories

The big day of the T20 World Cup is starting soon. After the successful Group stage and Super Eight stage, the tournament is set to witness the semifinal stage. India and England are set to face England in the second semifinal. But before that, Virat Kohli caught on talking about anything else than cricket. The batter hailed Basketball legend Michael Jordon and recalled his childhood memories of watching basketball early in the morning. 

Virat Recall’s NBA Memories:

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Virat Kohli praised American basketball legend Michael Jordan, reflecting on how he watched his games in the NBA and admired his intense competitiveness and determination to win. In a video posted by the US Consulate General in Mumbai on Instagram, Kohli recalled his youth spent balancing basketball viewing with cricket practice, developing a deep admiration for Jordan’s playing style and charisma. He also expressed his respect for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant, highlighting their impact on his sporting inspiration.

While talking about this, Virat said, “I guess there have been many before and after. I used to love watching Kobe Bryant play as well. But I guess the time that I saw Michael Jordan play, I clearly remember there used to be the early morning basketball games that used to be aired on ESPN in India. And I used to be up quite early to go to cricket practice.”

Later he added, “So I would always catch all of those games. And just watching him play, it was just… a real natural connect with his body language, with the way he moved on the court and just his personality and that, you know, you could see on his face the intensity and the will to win. And I just immediately connected that I was like, man, I just want to watch this guy again and again.”

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Reflecting on Childhood Memories:

The basketball legend, aged 61, competed from 1984 to 2003. He had two stints with the Chicago Bulls, first from 1984 to 1993 and then from 1995 to 1998. Later, from 2001 to 2003, he played for the Washington Wizards. Jordan clinched six NBA Championship titles during his career, all achieved with the Bulls. Virat Kohli reflected on his childhood memories reckoning his memories with the NBA. 

While talking about this, Virat said, “And I used to mark the, you know, in the newspaper, the list of the Chicago Bulls games when they are going to be aired. And I made sure that I was up to watch him play. And there was magic in every game that he played. There was something or the other happening. So for me, that was a very strong core memory and something that I still hold very dearly.”

Later he added, “If I saw him, I would absolutely go crazy. At any point in time, I would be a fanboy and I would just run up to him to ask for an autograph. Not necessarily take pictures without asking. That is the school I have grown up in. But I would absolutely be acting like a small boy when I see him.”

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The big day of the T20 World Cup is starting soon. After the successful Group stage and Super Eight stage, the tournament is set to witness the semifinal stage. India and England are set to face England in the second semifinal. But before that, Virat Kohli caught on talking about anything else than cricket. The batter hailed Basketball legend Michael Jordon and recalled his childhood memories of watching basketball early in the morning. 

Virat Recall’s NBA Memories:

Virat Kohli praised American basketball legend Michael Jordan, reflecting on how he watched his games in the NBA and admired his intense competitiveness and determination to win. In a video posted by the US Consulate General in Mumbai on Instagram, Kohli recalled his youth spent balancing basketball viewing with cricket practice, developing a deep admiration for Jordan's playing style and charisma. He also expressed his respect for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant, highlighting their impact on his sporting inspiration.

While talking about this, Virat said, “I guess there have been many before and after. I used to love watching Kobe Bryant play as well. But I guess the time that I saw Michael Jordan play, I clearly remember there used to be the early morning basketball games that used to be aired on ESPN in India. And I used to be up quite early to go to cricket practice.”

Later he added, “So I would always catch all of those games. And just watching him play, it was just... a real natural connect with his body language, with the way he moved on the court and just his personality and that, you know, you could see on his face the intensity and the will to win. And I just immediately connected that I was like, man, I just want to watch this guy again and again.”

Reflecting on Childhood Memories:

The basketball legend, aged 61, competed from 1984 to 2003. He had two stints with the Chicago Bulls, first from 1984 to 1993 and then from 1995 to 1998. Later, from 2001 to 2003, he played for the Washington Wizards. Jordan clinched six NBA Championship titles during his career, all achieved with the Bulls. Virat Kohli reflected on his childhood memories reckoning his memories with the NBA. 

While talking about this, Virat said, “And I used to mark the, you know, in the newspaper, the list of the Chicago Bulls games when they are going to be aired. And I made sure that I was up to watch him play. And there was magic in every game that he played. There was something or the other happening. So for me, that was a very strong core memory and something that I still hold very dearly.”

Later he added, “If I saw him, I would absolutely go crazy. At any point in time, I would be a fanboy and I would just run up to him to ask for an autograph. Not necessarily take pictures without asking. That is the school I have grown up in. But I would absolutely be acting like a small boy when I see him.”

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