Virat Kohli shared a heartfelt message for Rahul Dravid on social media. This is the first time the two have worked together at Windsor Park since they shared the same pitch at the same venue in 2011.
Dominica last hosted a test match in 2011 during India’s trip. The visitors enjoyed a 1-0 lead in the series, which was being led by MS Dhoni. Kohli, now a veteran of 100 Tests, is entering what many see as an exciting chapter of his career, and his thoughts returned to 2011.
I would never have imagined anything like this: Virat Kohli
He shared the feelings behind the famous Instagram photo and the rush of emotions he had when visiting the land that bears so much significance ahead of the series start. He stated in a video shared by the Indian Cricket Board, “When we went to the dressing room and then practice, I kind of remembered my first series here as a Test player and this is the country where it all started – the Caribbean. And yeah, it is just amazing to be able to come back here 12 years later having played over 100 Test matches, I would never have imagined anything like this.”
Kohli has progressed from a promising teenager to perhaps the finest batter in the world in the previous 12 years, while Dravid has dabbled with commentary, radio, and NCA leadership before settling on coaching. He replaced Ravi Shastri as coach in November 2021, after successful experiences with the India A and Under-19 teams. Although his term has been rather unimpressive, Dravid is unquestionably the best guy for the position.
The former Indian captain further added, “I think his comment about him being a youngster in his coaching career is quite a humble one because he has been coaching for a long period of time now. I was his teammate at one point. He was a senior established Test player who we all looked up to. It’s quite amazing. I told Rahul bhai yesterday as well that ‘I’m sure you never would have imagined that 12 years later we would come back to the same venue and you’ll be the head coach, while I would have played 100 games.”