when he was an adolescent .
The world’s top ranked one-day batsman didn’t identify who had demanded the bribe but said he was rejected by the team, a rebuff that left him “broken”.
“In my home state… sometimes things happen that aren’t fair,” the days of India newspaper and other media quoted Kohli as saying during a web forum with India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri.
“On one occasion, a particular person didn’t play by the principles for selection criteria,” the skipper added.
“He told my father while I had the merit, a touch extra (bribe) was needed to verify my selection.”
But Kohli said his father had insisted the choice had to get on merit alone.
“My father simply said, ‘If you would like to pick Virat then let it’s purely on merit. i will be able to offer you nothing extra.’”
Kohli said he was in tears after being told he had not made the team. “I cried tons . i used to be broken,” he declared.
“That incident taught me tons . I realised that this is often how the planet is run,” he was quoted as saying.
“If you would like to progress, do something that nobody else is doing. If I had to become successful, I needed to be extraordinary.
“And I had to realize this purely through my very own effort and diligence .
“My father showed me the proper way through his actions and not merely words. Those little things had an excellent impact on me,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
Kohli’s father, a lawyer, died when he was 18 and playing during a Ranji Trophy state match for Delhi. He returned to bat the day after his father’s death.
“I accepted his death as i used to be focused on moving forward with my career,” Kohli said.
“His death made me realise I had to form something of my life. Now i feel about how nice it might be if I could have given my father the peaceful retired life he deserved. sometimes i buy emotional brooding about him.”