Kolkata: Christmas arrived early for the youngsters at a Kolkata children’s shelter home when India captain Virat Kohli surprised them with gifts after dressing up as Santa Claus.

With the ongoing India-West Indies ODI series tied at 1-1 and the third and deciding match to be played in Cuttack on Sunday (December 22), the host broadcaster Star Sports released a two-minute and 51 seconds video on Friday (December 20) where Kohli is seen visiting a shelter home in Kolkata after reading their messages on his iPad.

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Kohli, dressed up as Santa Claus, enters the shelter home and later when the children are asked whether they want to meet the Indian skipper, they say yes. Soon, Kohli removes his Santa Claus cap and white beard, much to the delight of the children.

Later, Kohli hands out gifts to the children. Earlier, some of them had mentioned about their favourite stars including Kohli.

At the end of the video, Kohli says, “All these kids cheer for us throughout the year. And I had a great time bringing joy to all these kids. A Merry Christmas”.

Star Sports had captioned the video as, “Watch @imVKohli dress up as and bring a little Christmas cheer to the kids who cheer our sportspersons on, all year long! This joyful season, let’s remember to spread the love.”