Undoubtedly, Indian captain Virat Kohli is the best cricketer of the world at this moment. With his continues blistering performance, he assumed that position.
Now, he has been named in TIME Magazine’s top 100 influential people’s list.
He 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. Now, he is the third-highest run aggregator in a year 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.”
He added, “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!”