Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are great friends on and off the field Image: Instagram
It’s well established how much Virat Kohli looks up to his Royal Challenges Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers for his performances on the field. But now, it’s been revealed that Virat might have drawn inspiration from ABD for perhaps the most crucial knock in his personal life - the marriage proposal to Anushka Sharma.
In a recent episode of What the Duck, ABD disclosed how he proposed to his wife Danielle in front of the Taj Mahal in India back in 2012 during the IPL season. "About a couple of months leading up to the IPL, I was obviously planning, got the ring and all that, and I decided to do it there. And once I got to the IPL, I got 'security guards' who were actually photographing and videographers to film the whole thing. But I told Danielle I got to travel with security guards. So that's why they've got to go with us. And it ended up to be a great surprise and I got it all on camera," he revealed during the show alongside former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes.
"That was a very special time in my life. I surprised Danielle completely. She didn’t know a thing about it and I could not have done it at a more special place than that," ABD added.
Once ABD returned to the RCB camp, he narrated the entire episode to Virat and needless to say, the then 24-year-old was mighty impressed with his senior’s grand gesture to pop the question. The former Protea captain recalled what Virat told him back then and said, "I remember Virat told me when I got back, he was like 'you are raising the ball way too high for us'. But I think he did a pretty good job now with Anushka."
Virat got married to Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma in December last year and had a grand and romantic wedding in Tuscany, Italy last year.
ABD and Virat share a close bond on and off the field and the two have time and again expressed their admiration for each other.
During the show, ABD also expressed his love for India and how much he loves playing here. "It's a bit crazy and humbling at the same time. I don't how it all happened. But yeah, I love coming here, I love the people of India. Love the different kinds of foods, love playing cricket here and obviously it's a huge privilege to have a fan following here," he said.