The gripping story of one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. He is unique, he is Virat Kohli.' - Virender Sehwag 'Inspiring, heartwarming and delightfully human, the tale of one of the most outstanding batsmen of his era. The story behind the magic of Kohli.' - V.V.S. Laxman 'Beautifully written and remarkably heartening, it follows Virat as he matures into the exceptional cricketer he is today. What is perhaps most evident is that Kohli's potential and talent are the product of his own discipline and perseverance.' - Anil Kumble, Head Coach of the Indian Cricket TeamVijay Lokapally has written on cricket for over three decades. He is a widely travelled cricket scribe with the distinction of having reported extensively on the game from practically every international venue. Employed with The Hindu, a respected National newspaper since 1986, Lokapally is acknowledged for his insightful views on the game. He covered his first Test in 1981 as a freelancer apart from six limited-over World Cups for The Hindu and Sportstar. His enviable access to cricketers, past and present, gives Lokapally a ring-side view of the game in India. He lives in Delhi with Sunanda, his wife and son Akshay.What makes Virat Kohli the undisputed monarch of the cricket world today is not his iconic status in the sports hierarchy but that the highest praise comes from the opposition camp and past greats. However, his family didn't always have it good. No stranger to loss, Kohli's biggest support both on and off the field - his father, succumbed to a cerebral stroke when he was very young. In a fitting tribute that would've made his old man proud, Kohli returned to continue an innings just a few hours after his father passed away. 'He was the one who drove me to practice every day,' the captain of the Indian Test team recalls with characteristic humility and grace. Widely travelled sports journalist Vijay Lokapally goes on to recount happier times on the journey of Virat's rapid rise to international stardom, an account punctuated with little-known stories by his fellow players, coaches and intimates. At 27, he has already been the recipient of countless accolades including the Arjuna Award, the title of BCCI's 'international cricketer of the Year' as well as the ICC's 'ODI Player of the Year', but for Kohli it's not about the money or the fame, or the roar of the crowds or the flattering attention from women of all ages. Few know of his altruistic nature and his dedication to numerous charities for under-privileged children. What has not escaped the public eye though, is how this wizard of the willow wears his heavy mantle with such insouciant ease.What makes Virat Kohli the undisputed monarch of the cricket world today is not his iconic status in the sports hierarchy but that the highest praise comes from the opposition camp and past greats.
Vijay Lokapally has been covering sports for The Hindu and Sportstar since 1986. Cricket has been close to his heart and considers himself fortunate to have written on a game he has loved so much. Cricket reporting took him to far corners of the world. He is among the few from India who have sent despatches from literally every venue of the cricketing world. Lokapally has the distinction of covering his first World Cup in 1987 and later reported on the editions in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2011. He considers the 1999 and 2003 travels to England and South Africa for the World Cup among the high points of his cricket reportage. The 1983 World Cup was the trigger point for Lokapally to take to sports journalism and he is proud to count some of the big names of Indian cricket among his friends. He lives in Delhi with wife Sunanda and son Akshay.