Virat Kohli was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential individuals of 2018 following a scintillating 2017 for the Indian cricket team captain.Kohli was among six sportspersons within the prestigious list, but among only two from away from United States alongside Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. The Indian skipper’s profile for the magazine was penned by none other than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.On Friday, Kohli thanked the’Master Blaster’for his “warm and encouraging words” and said it was an honour to make it to the prestigious list.
Recalling the time when he first saw Kohli, Tendulkar wrote: “The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was extremely important for India, since it would define another couple of youngsters who’d go onto represent the nation. Which was the very first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today Virat Kohli is just a household name and a champion in cricket. Even in the past, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that is among the most hallmark of his game.
“My dad always explained that when I focused about what I was doing, with time, detractors would become followers. Virat seems to really have a similar outlook when it comes to his game.
Kohli took the cricketing world by storm in 2017, breaking plethora of records en approach to destroying bowlers. In 2017, the 29-year-old scored the third-most runs in history across all three formats for a calendar year.
His 2,818 runs, which included 11 hundreds, sits only behind Sri Lankan maestro Kumar Sangakkara (2014) and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting (2005).
Kohli is focussed on leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018, following which he’ll shift his focus to the all-important England tour.