The quiet premises of St Sophia’s Senior Secondary School in West Delhi appear untouched by fame. Children in colourful uniforms dot the school grounds, classrooms seem run-down and the campus bears an altogether unkempt and unsophisticated look. Outside, however, colourful posters fete Team India on winning the World Cup in 2011—and make special mention of Virat Kohli, perhaps the school’s most famous alumnus.
The guard points towards the cricket nets at the far end of the school, where the West Delhi Cricket Academy (WDCA) holds practice sessions. This is where it all started for the young Virat who would go on to gather more style and flamboyance.