Meet the super Virat Kohli fan who has 16 different Virat tattoos
NEW DELHI: That Indian cricketers have millions of fans in India and other countries, of course, is no secret. Wherever the team goes, they are followed by their diehard fans. However, some fans tend to stand out, thanks to their loyalty to a certain player and their efforts to show how different their love for their favorite player is.
The likes of Sudhir Gautam and Hari Saravanan waving the tricolor, singing India ... India at the top of their voices is something we have all seen. Gautam is a super fan of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar , while Saravanan is a great defender of Mahendra Singh Dhoni . But joining them now is a Virat Kohli fan , Pintu Behera .
What makes Behera support virat Kohli Unique is the fact that he has up to 16 different tattoos on his body, all dedicated to the Indian captain.
Behera, a small-scale contractor in Berhampur, Odisha , he waited for five years to meet Kohli, and his dream finally came true before the first Test of the three-game series against South Africa in Vizag.
Behera, 31, booked a train ticket and was soon heading to Vizag.
A contractor by profession, Behera, arrived in the port city one day before the game and his long-awaited dream of meeting Kohli came true.
“When I arrived at the place, I somehow managed to enter the stadium. When Kohli went out to train, I took off my shirt. There were some fans around to see the Indian team. Everyone started cheering. 'Kohli..Kohli' was heard everywhere. That scene caught the attention of many in the stadium, ”Behera excitedly told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
“There were some officials and journalists who have been watching me in different places and struggling to meet Kohli. Everyone helped me meet the captain, ”he said.
Behera was stunned and excited when Kohli, after finishing his training and the pre-game conference, asked security to let him into the players' area, which is cordoned off.
“Kohli waved his hand and asked me to enter. He was smiling. I was shirtless. He shook my hand and hugged me. I couldn't say anything in front of him. I started to cry and said ‘I waited four years, sir. Thank my Lord'. He hugged me and patted me. He comforted me by saying it's okay ... it's fine, an emotional Behera recalled.
“He saw all the tattoos and counted them. I was saying wow ... wonderful. He checked each tattoo. Was so happy
Virat told me that he will meet me soon, Behera said.
With the dream of meeting Virat, Behera had traveled to many places before this, but had not been able to find the Indian captain.
“I can't forget that day in my whole life. A great dream that I had for a long time has come true. I'm so happy. The feeling of meeting Virat has not yet been assimilated. I tried to know him since 2016. I made every effort several times, but I did not succeed. I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to meet my God, Behera said emotionally to TimesofIndia.com.
I want to be known as the Virat super fan.
THE TATTOO HISTORY
Behra's first tattoo was Virat's name and his shirt number: 18 on the back. The 31-year-old man sat for up to 14 hours to get those tattoos tattooed.
“I took an infection after getting the tattoo. It may be the ink that was used did not suit me. The family scolded me for that, but I didn't stop there. I was firm in impressing Virat, ”said Behera.
In addition to the name and number of the Virat t-shirt, Behera's body also has Kohli face tattoos, the BCCI logo and the Virat test cap number: 269
He also has a tattoo of Virat paying tribute to Sachin Tendulkar by bowing down (Kohli scored a 37-ball 55 to help India beat Pakistan in front of Tendulkar during a World T20 match in 2016), Kohli blowing a kiss to Anushka Sharma and the U19 World Cup (2008)
Along with that, Behera also has her next ink on her body: the three Kohli World Cups (2011, 2015 and 2019), an image of Virat's childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, the ICC World Cup logos (2011 , 2015 and 2019) and the National Awards that Virat has received.
Dependent on daily wages, the 31-year-old small-scale contractor has traveled in trains and sometimes slept on the floor. But his biggest passion - love for the Indian cricket team and virat Kohli hasn't been dampened by any obstacles.
“I have been in Vizag, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai to meet Kohli. I have traveled by train, since I cannot pay for plane tickets. Sometimes, I sat near the bathrooms in coaches. I have also traveled in general coaches. The trips were difficult, but that doesn't matter, because my dream of meeting Kohli came true, ”he said.
Behera now hopes to meet Kohli again and wants to take an autograph of the Indian captain on his chest.
When I find him next, I will put his autograph on my chest and paint another tattoo. This is my ultimate goal, said Behera.
However, Behera's love for cricket and Virat is not only limited to himself. He has a young daughter and wants her to grow up to be a cricket player someday.
“My daughter is only three years old at the moment. I want to make her a cricketer like Smriti Mandhana because she is a fearless cricketer and also wears the number 18 shirt, like Virat, ”Behera signed.