Indian skipper Virat Kohli is planning to become one of the best since his early days, Kohli says that he know very well that he needs to perform well in all three formats of the game, if he wants to realise his dream.
On Wednesday night, Kohli has awarded Polly Umrigar for BCCI International Cricketer of the Year at Cricket Board annual awards. He said that he wanted to become one of the best and top players in the world.
The 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said “I always wanted to be one of the top players in the world for sure. So I understood what it would take for me to maintain my form in all three formats.”
“It is very important in transition phase to be available in all three formats and take the country forward.”
Kohli made a push at his critics and said that he believed in his abilities even if there were many doubters around him.
He said “All along in my career; there were many people who had doubted the way I have gone about my game. Even now there are doubters and haters all around, but one thing is for sure that I have always believed in myself.”
“I always believed in my heart that if I work 120 per cent every day in my life I am answerable to no one,” said Kohli.
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He became the first Indian cricketer who receives the Polly Umrigar award for the 3rd time. Taking about his teammates because of their support and contribution, Kohli said that the last 12 month has been quite unbelievable.
“It is been quite unbelievable in the last 10 to 12 months. As cricketers you always have a breakthrough year for everyone. Starting late 2015 to the end of 2016, probably I could term is as the breakthrough year in my career.”
“All the hard work, all the training on a daily basis, all the sacrifices, came together nicely. It could not have been possible without the help of the teammates throughout. At times you don’t do well but when the champion players in your side step up and everyone deliver what when you start producing results.”
“That is why we are the top side in the world at the moment, and it is testimony to the kind of talent we have in the team and how players have stepped up on occasions which helped the team pull through different situations. I thank my teammates for their support, trust and effort,” said Kohli.
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Talking about 75 runs win over Australia in Bengaluru, he stated that series-leveling was a special one. “It was good that we came back in the game. We were all sticking together. That (win) was very special and one of the best I have been part of.”