India skipper Virat Kohli has disclosed how late former Finance Minister and DDCA President, Arun Jaitely motivated him after he lost his father due to a cardiac arrest when he was merely 18 years old and just getting into his groove as a cricketer.

On the occasion of renaming Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium and the unveiling of the stand named after him, Kohli remembered how Jaitley came to his home and offered words of encouragement after passing away of his father.

“It is more special. It is happening at the same time as the stadium being named after Arun Jaitley Ji,” said Kohli at the event.

“I know Jaitley Ji as a person who came to my house and encouraged me when my father passed away. He also motivated me. So, I had a special connection with him. He was a very good person. So, it is a proud moment that both the things happened at the same time,” he said.

A while back, Kohli had opened up on his father’s demise. “I was playing a four day game at the time and was supposed to resume batting the next day when this (father passed) happened at 230 odd in the morning. We all woke up but had no idea what to do. I literally saw him breathe his last,” Kohli had told Graham Bensinger in a freewheeling interview.

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