Virat Kohli has spoken about his reaction to being rejected by his state side years before embarking on the path to batting greatness.
The Indian skipper, who features in the top 10 across all three formats at the moment, was overcome with grief after failing to get a chance in the domestic circuit during the nascent stages of his career. A young Kohli could not control his emotions then and proceeded to burst into tears.
"The first time I was rejected in the state selections, I remember it was late at night and I just cried," the 31-year-old superstar told students in an interactive online session.
"I howled till about three in the morning and I could not believe it," he added.
"Because I scored well, everything was going perfectly for me. I performed till I reached that stage and I was rejected."
Kohli's distinct fighting spirit kept him going through the troubling times and ensured his motivation was not hurt by the huge obstacle in the form of rejection.
"I kept asking my coach for two hours, why didn't it happen? And I couldn't make sense of it. But when there is passion and commitment, that motivation comes back to you."
He made his first-class debut for Delhi in 2006 and achieved World Cup glory with the India Under-19 side when his team clinched the silverware under his captaincy.
He soon broke into the senior team and has gone on to shatter numerous records, progressing along the way.
Despite certain blips in his career, Kohli is now considered to be among the top batsmen of the modern era and he continues to score heavily in all forms of the game.
Often deemed as impatient in the past, Kohli has credited his matured disposition to his relationship with Anushka Sharma, whom he married in 2017.
"To be honest the patience bit I have learnt ever since I and Anushka met each other. I was very impatient before," he said.
"The learnings from one another that we have had, looking at her personality, looking at her composure in situations has really inspired me to fight it out.
"Even when things are tough you have to swallow your ego and keep being there in adversity, keep fighting your way out and eventually you will find a way.
"So that's what I have seen her do and I have learnt from that."
He felt such a mindset helped him excel in Test cricket as well where it is necessary to apply yourself at the crease for long periods of time.
"Sometimes you have to bat in a Test match for two hours for 20 runs but the team wants you do that. So you should be able to do that."