Virat Kohli is one of the biggest and the most popular sportsperson around the world.He has been ranked as the best batsman in the world right now. Virat Kohli has been ranked as number one batsman in both ODI and Test Series.

His contribution to Indian cricket team is so vast to be put under words. He has a huge fan following all around the world. He is considered as a role-model by millions of people. However, apart from his game Virat Kohli is famous for his persona and looks. He has completely transformed, he is one of the biggest heartthrob of the nation.


He is the biggest trendsetter of the country, whatever he does becomes a trend. His hairstyles, his tattoos are very famous among his followers. The Indian skipper has got as many as nine tattoos inked on his body thus far. These tattoos are not just his fashion statement but each one tattoo has a specific meaning to him and marks an important event in his life.

Here, in this article we are going to share the story and secret behind all the tattoos of Virat Kohli. Have a look :


1. His Parents’ Names – Prem and Saroj :

Virat’s love and faith in his parents know no bounds, he has always credited and dedicated his success and all his achievements to his parents. His father was the one who introduced him to cricket when he was only 3 years old. His parents have always supported him and stood by him in all the thick and thins of his life. One Virat explained the reason of getting the name of his parents inked, he said :

“Purely because the connection that I have felt with them is something that is unexplained. It is a feeling, it’s not even something that can be put into words. Hence I wanted to make it a part of me until I’m alive,”

2. Lord Shiva Meditating :

The symbol of creation and destruction – Lord Shiva, who turned all his grief into passion and meditation. Virat got inked after his father’s demise. And just like him, Virat also channeled all his grief into passion and dedication for his game. He left all his distractions and other avocations behind to achieve his dreams. Virat left all his distractions and other avocations behind to achieve his dreams and this incident played a huge role in it. Infact his father passed away at 3a.m in the morning and he went out to bat for Delhi in a Ranji game on the same morning.

3. 175 and 269 :

175 and 269 are the ODI and Test cap numbers of Virat Kohli. Recently, Virat was ranked as the number one in both ODI and Test series by ICC. Explaining the reason behind this tattoos, Virat said :

These numbers will always remain with me because when you look back at the charts 200 years from now, in front of these numbers, there will be my name. These will always be special numbers and hence I decided to get them,” 

4. Tribal Art :

This ‘Tribal Art’ tattoo was the first tattoo that Virat Kohli got inked on his body. Explaining the reason behind this tattoo, Virat revealed :

“To be very honest, when I was young it was about being a little cool when I started to get inked but slowly I realized that this is something that gives me a sense of my own identity. And from getting a random tribal design, to getting Shiva on my forearm now, it is a reflection of how my life has gone where it stands today and what I think and see of life back then to now,”

5. Monastery :

Virat Kohli went through a very bad time during his England tour in 2014. He faced a lot of backslash after he failed to leave a mark during that series. The tour taught him many things in life about his game. He got this tattoo inked on his arm. The tattoo symbolizes peace and power. He later went on to do great at the Australia tour and was also given the test captaincy before the series got over.

5. The Japanese Samurai :

We all have observed this huge tattoo on his upper left arm, which signifies the philosophy called ‘The Bushido code of the Samurai’. According to Bushido code there are seven virtues of a warrior including Bushido are Gi (Justice), Yu (Courage), Jin (Benevolence), Rei (Politeness), Makoto (Honesty), Meiyo (Honor) and Chugi (Loyalty). Virat Kohli believes that this tattoo helps him in reminding the virtues of his life.

6. God’s Eye :

Virat fondly calls this tattoo as ‘God’s eye’, he got this tattoo inked just above the Japanese Samurai. Explaining the beautiful reason behind this tattoo, Virat said :

“I call it the God’s eye. So, basically, the all-seeing eye. That everything that’s happening is being watched and there’s someone always keeping a count of everything that you do. So that makes you feel connected in a way and also, that makes you understand the essence of life and what we need to do as human beings and what our eventual goal is,”

7. ‘Om’ :

The symbol of ‘Om’ is inked just beside the God’s eye. Virat believes that  ‘Om’ sound is the most consistent thing in the whole universe. In his own words, Kohli said :

 “The last one that I have here is finished with an Om symbol, which is the universal sound, which is probably the most consistent thing in the whole universe. Anywhere you observe sounds of the universe that is, you know, what is the most consistent sound that you will hear and that is the essence of life.

To understand you’re not even a dust particle in the universe and sometimes our ego allows us to think that we’re everything. So, I think it’s quite astonishing and quite magnificent in a lot of ways. I’ve started to understand that now… So, I have started to realize strongly that I’m meant to be where I am and this is not random.”

8. Scorpio :

Born on 5th November, 1988, Virat’s zodiac sign is Scorpio, hence the tattoo. However, that is not the only reason behind this tattoo, Virat believes there are a lot of  virtues in him which is exactly the same as the ones Scorpions possess, like passion, dedication, honesty and many more.

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