‘MS Dhoni has made this name famous’: Virat Kohli reveals real story behind 'chiku' nickname
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The nation-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country has given a much-needed break to our cricketers. Taking advantage of the cancelled or postponed cricketing events, our cricketers are spending their time with their families, and also treating their fans with live sessions on social media platforms.
Recently, India skipper Virat held a chat session on Instagram with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, in which Kohli and Pietersen talked about a lot of things related to their cricketing careers.
"MS (Dhoni) has sort of made my nickname famous from behind the stumps. In the stumps' mic, people pick up," Kohli told Kevin Pietersen during a chat session on Instagram on Thursday.
He revealed that it was his first-class cricket coach who nicknamed him 'chiku'. "I got this nickname from a coach in the Ranji Trophy. I used to have big cheeks then. In 2007, I thought I was losing hair. I got my hair cropped and my cheeks and ears stood out. I got the name from a cartoon character. The rabbit in the comic book Champak," he said.
Prior to the interview, Pietersen had also shared a picture of Kohli's younger days and asked him about the photo. The 31-year-old laughed and said, "I don't recognise him anymore. We did have a lot of fun then. 2009 and 2010 you (Pietersen) were with us and we really hit off from day 1. And we had a gun team with Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis."
Kohli also shed light on him turning vegan, saying it is the best decision he has made in his life. "In 2018, I got a cervical spine issue. I could barely feel my finger and I could not sleep the body was acidic, my stomach started pulling calcium from my bones and my bones got weaker."
“I cut down uric acid from my body and I left meat. That is the best decision I have made in my life. I have never felt better waking up. I can play 3 games a week and can recover within a day after a Test match and go on another," he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah also held a live chat session on Instagram, in which the two roasted Rishabh Pant, who challenged Rohit to hit more sixes than him.
(With IANS Inputs)
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