Virat Kohli is obviously one of the best batsmen in international cricket at present. Like a run-machine, the Indian skipper has scored 22,862 runs in his international career so far. With 70 centuries and 155 half-centuries across all three formats, the right-handed batsman accounts for 7534 runs in 92 Tests, 12,169 runs in 254 ODIs, and 3159 runs in 90 T20Is. He also has many batting records in his name.
Virat Kohli is also one of the fittest cricketers in international cricket and his love for fitness is widely known. Along with fitness, Virat Kohli also has a love for tattoos. The Indian cricketer sports as many as 11 tattoos on his body. These tattoos have different appearances and significances. In this article, we take a look at Virat Kohli’s all 11 tattoos and their significance.
Virat Kohli’s 11 Tattoos: Here’s How They Look And What They Signify
1. God’s Eye Tattoo
Virat Kohli has a tattoo on his left shoulder that depicts a God’s eye. The tattoo is round in shape and resembles an eye. This tattoo represents that God is watching everything that is happening and keeping a count of everything that a person does.
2. Om Tattoo
Just near his God’s eye tattoo, the Indian cricketer also has the word ‘Om’ inscribed in the Hindi language. Om is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Om is also considered a sacred sound and a popular word pronounced while doing yoga exercises. The Om letter also relates to three mighty Gods of Hinduism- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva.
3. Lord Shiva Tattoo
Other than the Om letter, Virat Kohli also has a Lord Shiva Tattoo inscribed on his body. This tattoo is present on his left arm. It shows an image of Lord Shiva meditating at Kailash Mountain. Lord Shiva is a powerful God in Hinduism who lives on Kailash Mountain according to Hindu mythology. Kohli is a worshiper of Lord Shiva.
4. Monastery Tattoo
An image of a monastery is present on the left side of his left shoulder. It is just beside the tattoo of Lord Shiva. A monastery is a residence or workplace of monastics or monks. The tattoo depicts Kohli’s yearning for peace and power.
5. Japanese Samurai Tattoo
On his upper left arm, Virat Kohli has a tattoo that depicts a Japanese Samurai warrior with a raised sword. It is reportedly Kohli’s favorite tattoo. The Indian cricketer believes that he gets his strength from this sword. The tattoo also signifies a Samurai warrior’s loyalty, self-discipline, and ethical behavior.
6. Tribal Tattoo
Virat Kohli also adorns a tribal tattoo. It is present on his right forearm. The image depicts tribalism and signifies loyalty to one’s tribe. For Kohli, it means loyalty to his team and his fighting spirit and aggression.
7. Scorpio Tattoo
Kohli has also inscribed his zodiac sign on his body. A tattoo of his zodiac sign Scorpio is placed on his upper right arm. Kohli was born on November 5, 1988, and hence belongs to the zodiac sign Scorpio.
8. Number 175 Tattoo
Virat Kohli also has a tattoo of the number 175 written on his body. It is present on his left arm. The number represents his ODI cap number 175. The right-handed batsman is the 175th ODI player for India. He made his debut in August 2008 in an ODI match against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. This is a special number for the Indian cricketer.
9. Number 269 Tattoo
Along with number 175. Kohli has also inscribed no. 269 on his body as a tattoo. The number 269 depicts his Test cap number and is written on his left arm. Kohli is the 269th Test player for India and made his Test debut in June 2011 in a match against West Indies at Kingston. Hence, 269 is another special number for the Indian cricketer.
10. Mother’s Name Tattoo
One of Virat Kohli’s 11 tattoos also has his mother’s name. On his upper left arm, Kohli has a got a tattoo of his mother’s name – Saroj. It is written in the Hindi language. This tattoo depicts Kohli’s love for his mother.
11. Father’s Name Tattoo
Along with his mother’s name, he also has a tattoo of his late father’s name. His father’s name, Prem, is also written on his left arm. It is also inscribed in the Hindi language. Kohli lost his father in 2006. He was a criminal lawyer by profession.
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