Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named in TIME Magazine’s most influential people’s list. He is the only cricketer among six sportspersons.
Kohli and tennis star Roger Federer are the only non-American athletes. The others are Kevin Durant (basketball), Chloe Kim (snowboarding), Adam Rippon (figure skating) and JJ Watt (American football).
Kohli has had a great 2017 for India as he aggregated 2818 runs across three formats, the third-highest after Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting. He led India to Test series wins against Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka (twice) holding India’s no.1 spot in the rankings. He also guided his country to the Finals of Champions Trophy.
Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Kohli on TIME Magazine, “The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation. That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game.
“Every sportsman knows what it’s like to have good spells and bad ones too. Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. He’s never looked back.
“My father always told me that if I focused on what I was doing, over time, detractors would become followers. Virat seems to have a similar outlook when it comes to his game.
“I wish him all the best for his career ahead and am confident he will continue to bring pride and glory to India through cricket. Go Virat!”
Kohli was recently named Wisden Cricketer of The Year 2017.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com