Virat Kohli's Father

Last Modified Jun 23, 2022 10:29 IST

Virat Kohli’s father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer. He was married to Saroj Kohli, a homemaker. He was the father of three children, two sons, Virat and Vikas, and a daughter, Bhavna. Virat along with his parents and siblings resided in Meera Bagh until 2015 when the whole family moved to Gurgaon.

The current Indian captain shared in an interview how his father used to bowl at him when he was a mere three years old. It was a start to what would go on to become a stellar career for our young captain.

Childhood picture of Virat Kohli with his father Prem Kohli.

Childhood picture of Virat Kohli with his father Prem Kohli.

Image source: Virat Kohli's Instagram

In 1998, right after the West Delhi Cricket Academy was instituted, Virat Kohli's father took the nine-year-old to the academy to enrol him. It was after their neighbour’s insistence though as they believed that the talent that young Virat had, should not be wasted in gully cricket and he should immediately join a professional club instead.

When did Virat Kohli lose his father?

On 18 December 2006, Prem Kohli passed away. After losing his father at a very young age, Virat recalled how his family had to go through a tough time, both emotionally and financially. Their family business went into shambles, the entire family had to move to a rented place. The Indian captain could never forget those moments.

Childhood picture of Virat Kohli with his father Prem Kohli.

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How did Virat Kohli's father die?

Virat Kohli’s father succumbed to a heart attack after being bed-ridden for a month.

His passing away was a big blow to Virat’s life as he considered him his biggest supporter. Virat’s father was always there during his cricket training days in his childhood. He was the one who drove Virat to practice every single day.

An Interview of Virat Kohli talking about his Father's death and how it motivated him to be a great player that he is today.


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