Former India captain Virat Kohli has been a global icon over the years. The 35-year-old batter has achieved massive success in the world of cricket and made a brand of himself in the cricketing fraternity. Kohli has been a sensation for many young talents from the cricketing family and outside of the game as well. The veteran batter has changed the meaning of cricket and the fitness of the sport as well.
The 'Modern Master' has been the fittest cricketer over the years and has been an inspiration for young sports stars on the sacrifice, determination and dedication he has towards the game. Kohli was the highest run scorer of the ODI World Cup 2023 but his team lost in the final. The 'Chase Master' is currently playing in the T20I series against Afghanistan as the star batter has been back in the shortest format of the game after 14 months.
Sumit Nagal, the Indian tennis player, made history on Tuesday, January 16, when he defeated a seeded player in the Australian Open for the first time since 1989. The 26-year-old etched the record by defeating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. Nagal has a special connection with Kohli, who has supported him since 2017. Following Nagal's unprecedented performance, an old interview with him surfaced in which he praised the former India captain for his financial support while he was in need.
Virat Kohli an inspiration to youngsters
Nagal told Bombay Times, "Virat Kohli's foundation has been supporting me since 2017. I haven't been performing well for the last two years and was facing a financial crisis. If I didn't have Virat Kohli supporting me, I don't know what I would have done. Early this year (in 2019), when I was flying from Canada to Germany after a tournament, I had six dollars in my wallet... just six dollars after the help that I have been getting, so imagine what a mess I must have been before. But I survived, and things are getting better. If people fund athletes, it will only help the sport flourish in the country. I am fortunate to get that support from Virat."
Kohli is eyeing another milestone record in the 3rd T20I against the Afghans as he is just 6 runs away from scoring 12000 T20 runs and will be the first Indian batter to achieve it.