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Kohli congratulates Mudgal on show.

THE Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) had almost lost the hosting rights of the fourth Test between India and South Africa and was eventually bailed out by the Delhi High Court. And retired Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed observer by the High Court to look after the organising of the Test, played an important part in the smooth conduct of the match.

Sources close to Mudgal said that Test skipper Virat Kohli was so happy to see the match being played at his home ground and Mudgal making sure that every small thing falls in place that he congratulated him when the two met at the practice nets adjacent to the main ground.

" Kohli and the other Delhi boys -- Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma -- met Mudgal and they were very happy to see him take charge and put the place in order. Kohli went ahead and congratulated him on the commendable job he has done. Obviously, it is a very special moment for Kohli as he would otherwise have had to wait for the opportunity to lead the Indian team on his home ground if the current match was shifted from the Kotla," he told M AIL T ODAY . Mudgal though refused to divulge much about the interaction.

" Yes, I met Kohli and the rest of the boys while they were training. That is all I can tell you," he said.

But speaking on the eve of the match, Kohli made it clear that it was a privilege for him to lead the Indian team at the Kotla, the place where it all started for him.

" My cricket started here with the state team. I played my first Ranji Trophy match here. Lot of special memories attached to this ground. It is a special opportunity for me to captain the Indian side at my home ground.

Playing for the country is a big enough achievement but leading the side at home is something that no player can actually target," Kohli said.

" I did not imagine that this day will come in my life. When you start as a cricketer, you dream to play for India. But captaincy is one thing that you can never target.

Responsibility entrusted to me, I am lucky that I have captained at various levels. So I love it and enjoy it."

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Date:Dec 7, 2015
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