Indian captain Virat Kohli bemoaned the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant saying that the news of 41-year-old and his daughter’s tragic death in a helicopter crash came as shock to everyone. He went on to add that a tragedy like this makes one realise that nothing can be more important than enjoying every moment of existence.

“Firstly, it was a shock to everyone. I grew up watching those NBA games in the morning and watching what he did on court. But when someone that you have looked up to in some ways, passes away like that, it does put things in perspective,” Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against New Zealand.

…at the end of the day, life can be so fickle. It’s so unpredictable. I think a lot of the times we get too caught up in the pressures of what we have to do tomorrow…we really forget living life and enjoying life and just appreciating and being grateful for the life we have,” he added.

Apar from Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, the seven others who were travelling to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks in the chopper include Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli (56), his wife Keri (46), and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa; Sarah Chester (45) and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, assistant coach Christina Mauser (38) and pilot Ara Zobayan (50).

Kohli said a tragedy like this makes one realise that nothing can be more important than enjoying every moment of existence.

“…it did put things in perspective for me massively. It just makes you feel like not wanting to have control of things in front of you all the time, and just embracing life and appreciating it.

“You start looking at things from a different point of view suddenly and you want to enjoy every moment you’re going through. You realise that what you’re doing at the end of the day is not the most important thing. The most important thing is life itself,” Kohli signed off.