Virat Kohli has stated that he was pretty nervous when he first met his wife Anushka Sharma during an ad shoot in Mumbai and to ease off that nervousness, he cracked a joke. Kohli has also revealed that their entire wedding was planned by his wife and was kept strictly confidential due to security reasons.
American television journalist Graham Bensinger recently met Virat Kohli at the latter’s posh Mumbai residence to spill the beans on his life and decode the challenges of being a star in India. In one of the segments of his eponymous show “In Depth with Graham Bensinger”, Bensinger got Kohli to talk about his personal life, how he met his wife and how they eventually ended up marrying each other in a top-secret affair in a private ceremony in 2017 in Tuscany.
Kohli revealed that he first met Anushka on the sets of a shampoo commercial and admitted that he was nervous but to break the ice, he cracked a joke about her heels. However, the joke fell flat on his face and he realised it was not the right thing to say.
“The first time I met her I cracked a joke immediately. I was very nervous and that’s why I cracked a joke because I didn’t know what to do. I was standing on sets and was being all nervous and jittery,” he said.
“I thought I was being funny (when I cracked that joke), and I said something which wasn’t probably the right thing to say. She is tall and she was wearing heels (makes a gesture which isn’t too much) and she was being told that I am not that tall, I am not 6 feet plus or something… she walked in with heels and was looking taller than me and I was like didn’t you get a higher pair of heels,” Kohli said.
“Then she was like ‘excuse me’ and then I was like ‘no, I am just joking’. My joke became such a weird moment for myself. I was such a fool, to be honest. She was so confident, she is on sets regularly,” he further added.
After dating for few years, the duo tied the knot in December 2017 and the wedding was so covert that even their guests were not informed about the location until the last minute. The Indian skipper planned the marriage in Italy so as to counter the huge number of guests that would be there as it would have been difficult for them to handle.
Wedding was very private, says Virat Kohli
“Wedding was very private. We announced it to our friends and there was a frenzy. There was top security and people had to get in with their cards or you couldn’t enter. So proper top-level stuff and then we came to Bombay to do another celebration for her industry friends, my cricketer friends.
“So across two celebrations after they ended, the next day our families said ‘We are so glad you did it in Italy’. Imagine if the main thing had happened in India. It would have been madness.” He added, “They (family) couldn’t handle 2 celebrations and a wedding. That’s when they realised ‘Ok, what they did was the right thing!'”