New Delhi: Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the most elite modern-day batsmen in all formats of the game. The 29-year-old has shattered many records on his way to the top and has even drawn comparisons to legends such as Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. Fame, success and money – Kohli has it all. But it’s no surprise that the India skipper has put in a lot of hard work to reach where he is today.
On and off the field, Kohli continues to be a source of inspiration for many. At a recent award function, Miss World Manushi Chhillar asked the India talisman about how he continues to inspire many.
“You are one of the best batsmen in the world today and you’ve been such an inspiration. You’ve really given back to the society. But there are a lot of young people who draw inspiration from you. How would you like to give back for children, especially in the world of cricket?” Manushi questioned.
The audience responded to Kohli’s reply with a loud applause. Here’s what he said:
“Well, what’s very important to understand is when you do what you do and you express yourself on the field, it has to be genuine and it has to be from the heart. Otherwise, if people find out that you’re trying to pretend, then they can never connect to you. I’ve never tried to be anyone else. I’ve always been myself; I always mention that people had a lot of issues with how I was, how I conducted myself, but I had never had any problems with that,” Kohli said during CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2017 awards.
“The moment I started to think that I need to change, is the only time I changed. Everyone has to go through a mutual process to be where they get to in life to become more mature. What’s very important to understand is one should never lose their own identity, character and personality because if you try to be someone else you can never succeed, and you can never inspire others," he continued.
“The one thing that I believe in is that there’s something much stronger that’s making us do what we do. We ourselves don’t have the ability to go out there, score runs and take wickets all the time. We must believe that everyone has a plan and that plan has been executed for them at the time they are in, and all they can do is work hard, no one can change the plan, what we can do is work hard and be honest with ourselves,” Kohli explained.