India captain Virat Kohli has won many accolades over the years. Not only has he been named ICC Player of the Year for the last two years, he has been awarded India’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – and the country’s fourth highest civilian award – the Padma Shri.
Kohli already has numerous batting records to his name and regularly features in the Forbes list for the highest paid athletes.
On Sunday, the star India batsman received another major recognition with his state Delhi deciding to name a stand after him at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association has already recognised some of the biggest names of Delhi cricket – like Virender Sehwag and Bishan Singh Bedi – by naming stands in their honour. Now Kohli joins the elite list and becomes one of the very few players to receive such a recognition while still playing.
DDCA president Rajat Sharma said: “Virat Kohli’s outstanding contribution to world cricket has done DDCA proud. To cherish these memories, DDCA wanted to dedicate a stand in his name. I’m sure the ‘Virat Kohli Stand’ will be a source of inspiration for Delhi’s young cricketers.”
Sachin Tendulkar has a stand named after him at the Wankhede Stadium. The Beausejour Ground in Saint Lucia was renamed the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in 2016.