WATCH: Ahead of rape verdict, video of Virat Kohli taking Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s blessings goes viral – Et tu, Kohli?
Gurmeet Ram Rahim (L) and Virat Kohli
Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is facing a trial for rape, has claimed that he has a huge role in Team India skipper Virat Kohli’s success as a cricketer.
In 2016, the spiritual leader was quoted saying how he guided the Indian skipper leading to his successful days. He said, “Kohli was unable to convert good starts into big scores. I suggested him to practice hard and continue learning.”
Not just Kohli, the self-styled ‘godman’ also claims that Vijender Singh has become a world-class boxer only after taking his blessings. Apparently, Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan and Waqar Younis are some of the other students of Gurmeet.
Here’s the video in which he’s making the tall claims:
Now, an old video has surfaced on Twitter in which Kohli, Ashish Nehra and Vijay Dahiya can be seen taking the blessings of the DSS leader. The footage appears like it must have been shot several years ago with a young Kohli kneeling down before the sect leader.
Here’s the video:
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently under the scrutiny of law for a 2002 rape case and has been accused of sexually exploited two women followers nearly 15 years ago. The following of the spiritual leader has led to great tensions in states like Punjab and Haryana with the army kept on standby.
Currently, Kohli is leading the Men in Blue in the 5-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka. India are leading the limited-overs series 2-0 and with third ODI to be played on Sunday.