Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
He is a die-hard fan of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and can go to any extent to watch his hero playing on the field. Meet the 33-year-old Nikash Kanhar from Odisha’s tribal-dominated Kandhamal district who travels to various venues to watch Kohli’s cricket.
Kanhar – a private bus ticket conductor – travelled all the way from the district headquarters town of Phulbani to watch the third Test match between India and England being played at Mohali.
The young man inspired by Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, Sachin Tendulkar’s fan, didn’t even think twice to mortgage his mother’s gold jewellery to meet the travel and allied expenses.
“I mortgaged my mother’s jewellery for which I got Rs 25, 000. Out of this, I spent Rs 11, 000 towards air ticket to New Delhi and forth,” Nikash Kanhar said.
With his body painted in tri-color and Virat and his jersey number 18 scribbled on it, Kanhar cheers for the Indian team as well as the Indian Test captain.
When asked whether he faced opposition from family, the sports enthusiast was candid enough to admit that his parents called him a “mad”.
“My mother calls me a mad and father keeps on shouting at me. I love to watch him play and would also go to Chennai from here,” he added.
He was ecstatic after Team India’s emphatic victory against the English team taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series, with a day to spare.
After getting media attention, Kanhar has added his name to the list of Sachin Tendulkar fan Sudhir, Dhoni fan Ram Babu and the polio-affected Dharamveer; Sri Lanka’s Percy, Pakistan’s Bashir Chacha, West Indies’ Gravy or Ireland’s Larry the Leprechaun.
Kanhar’s father is a vegetable vendor and does odd jobs to feed his family.
We can only say that when one is obsessed to do something, he can go any extent to realise his dreams.