Kobe Bryant’s death “put everything into perspective” says Virat Kohli

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has said that the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant last week has “put everything into perspective” for him. 

Speaking in Hamilton ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand, Kohli called Bryant’s death “heartbreaking" and "a shock for everyone". Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among 9 people killed when their helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions in Los Angeles. 

"It was heartbreaking, it was a shock for everyone. I grew up watching those NBA games in the morning. When someone passes away like that, it does put everything in perspective. You get inspired by watching someone, but you understand at the end of the day, life can be so fickle," Kohli told reporters.

"Sometimes, we get too caught up thinking about the game, about what shot to play, what ball we need to bowl, but we forget to live life. It has put everything in perspective for me. I am embracing life and I am appreciating it. You want to enjoy every moment that you are going through, what you are doing in a day is the not most important thing, the most important thing is life itself," he added.