“I am a cricket lover from my childhood and became a big fan of Virat Kohli because of his style of playing,” Virat Kohli‘s fan Pintu Behera told ANI.
Cuttack: Pintu Behera, a fan of Indian skipper Virat Kohli has inked 16 tattoos of the skipper,including Kohli’s Jersey No. 18,on his body. He says,”I became a big fan of Virat Kohli because of his playing style. So,I decided to show my respect to him in this way.” #Odisha pic.twitter.com/FJwSUZZ2wt
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“So, I have decided to show my respect to him in this way. When I decided to make tattoos in 2016, I didn’t have money. So I started saving money and got tattoos inked,” he added.
Behera said he has spent over Rs 1 lakh on these 16 permanent tattoos, including one of Kohli’s jersey number 18.
“I go to watch every cricket match of Virat Kohli within the country. I didn’t go to watch the match out of the country. If I get a chance, then I will definitely go,” he said.
Though he is yet to watch Kohli play overseas, Behera counts himself lucky to have met the Indian skipper once, during a Test match between India and South Africa in Vizag earlier in October.
“I didn’t imagine that he would meet and hug me. It was a special moment for me. I had been waiting to meet him since 2016. Finally, I got the opportunity to meet him during Test Match between India and South Africa at Visakhapatnam in October,” he said.
Earlier this month, India defeated the West Indies in a three-match T20 International series 2-1.
(With ANI inputs)