Before the ODI series against the Black Caps, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday paid homage to Kobe Brayant, stating that the basketball legend’s passing away put everything in prespective for him.
Talking to the media ahead of the first ODI against the host New Zealand in Hamilton, the 31-year-old looked back on how he uesd to wake up in the morning to watch NBA games. Kohli said that Kobe Brayant’s death was heartbreaking and shocking for everyone.
"It was heartbreaking, it was a shock for everyone. I grew up watching those NBA games in the morning when someone passes away like that, it does put everything in perspective. You get inspired by watching someone, but you understand at the end of the day, life can be so fickle," Virat Kohli told reporters.
"Sometimes, we get to too caught up thinking about the game, about what shot to play, what ball we need to ball, but we forget to live life. It has put everything in perspective for me. I am bracing life and I am appreciating it. You want to enjoy every moment that you are going through, what you are doing in a day is the not most important thing, the most important thing is life itself," Kohli added.
Kobe Bryant, and his teenage daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash amid foggy conditions and blew-up into flames in the hills of Calabasas.
The basketball legend had won five NBA championships in his twenty year long career while featuring for Los Angeles Lakers.