Driven: The Virat Kohli Story

The Story Behind Cheeku

Yuvraj Singh in his book `Test of My Life' wrote that he thought that Virat Kohli's must have got his now famous nickname `Chikoo' from the famous comic series `Champak' which had a character by the same name.

But a new book written on the Indian Test captain reveals the `secret' behind Kohli getting such a `fruity nickname'.

The author writes: “The Delhi team was playing 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.

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