Virat Kohli, the India cricket team captain, opened the Mumbai leg of Pro Kabaddi Season 7 at the NSCI Dome in Worli on Saturday. The special guest also sang the National Anthem ahead of the Maharashtra Derby as home team U Mumba took on the Puneri Paltan. Kohli seemed to be enjoying the tackles and raids as the camera kept panning on him. However, the fans on social media could not stop raving about how proud they were after Kohli sang the anthem.
Here are some reactions.
#lepanga??— Biggest Virat??fan-Parmeet kaur (@ImVK_fan) July 28, 2019
Unbeatable #KingKohli at @ProKabaddi yesterday night..
Enjoyed a lot seeing firstly your talk before start and our nations national anthem and then your expression at every raid or defence, I enjoyed watching u more than the match..
Love you my jaan @imVkohli ?????? pic.twitter.com/KBN3WSsG23
Nothing feels better than seeing our national icon singing our national anthem.@imVkohli is the legend,He is best Cricket player of the world and the mentor of all #CricketMeriJaan. My name is Virat and I feel proud of it as me and my God name is same. Love you Sir.@ViratLovers pic.twitter.com/H1XsIp2QSU— Virat Pali (@PaliVirat) July 27, 2019
Didn't expect this look though??— ?sanskruti ? (@sanskruti_sree) July 27, 2019
How well he sung the national anthem
Virat Kohli singing our national anthem - it just cannot get any better. ????— Prajakta Bhawsar (@18prajakta) July 27, 2019
What a way to start to this weekend#ProKabaddi
Virat Kohli also spoke about his love for Kabaddi and described how the game he played in childhood had grown rapidly with the introduction of the Pro Kabaddi League.
"Kabaddi has taken a leap in the sports culture in our country since the inception of Pro Kabaddi League. Seeing a sport that we all have played as kids get to this stature today gives a different feeling altogether, especially when you know that the Indian kabaddi team is one of the best ones in the world," Kohli said.
"Then seeing how players from all over the globe come to India to be a part of the PKL shows that the level of the sport has been escalated exponentially. The reason kabaddi has become a world recognised sport is due to the fitness and determination of Indian kabaddi players," he added.
Hours before the match, Kohli had also tweeted about his upcoming appearance at the Pro Kabaddi match.
Kohli's next international assignment will begin on August 3 as India are scheduled to play a full away series against the West Indies.
India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches against the West Indies.