In the form of his life, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli says the hunger to keep improving with every game keeps him motivated.
“Every day is a new day. I always feel that there is a scope for improvement and with every game, I take the plus and the minus as this helps me improvise. There is no substitute to hard work and discipline,” Kohli, who goes into the IPL final as the leading run getter in the tournament, told PTI in
an e-mail interaction.
His phenomenal phase began with the World T20 and reached a level higher in the IPL where he has already hit a record four centuries. He averages a staggering 83.54 in 15 games this season and is only 81 short of completing 1000 runs.
Talking more about his remarkable consistency, Kohli said: “I went through the same stuff that every cricketer goes through when he comes in. You are insecure about your place, you make mistakes in your desperation. You want to do really well and you don’t really control yourself on and off the field.
“But as time progresses, you settle down and make consistent choices in your game as well as off the field which gradually helps you be on the top of the game,” said India’s Test captain, who has now toned down his much talked about aggression.
Post the IPL, he will be hosting a charity dinner in association with the Smile Foundation. He feels it is his responsibility to do his bit for the youth and underprivileged kids. “I come from a humble background, thus understand the importance of charity. It was there in my mind to start something for a long time, to give back to the society and I have time and again come forward to support any cause related to children and youth empowerment,” he added.
Dubai: The iconic Sachin Tendulkar feels that India’s current No.1 batsman Virat Kohli’s secret of success is playing with a “straight bat” and “visualising all three formats without ever compromising on his technique”.
“Virat presents the straight bat and scores with good cricketing shots. He is a special talent and he
works hard on his game. His discipline and commitment has to be emulated. He visualises different formats without ever compromising on his technique. In addition, he is very strong mentally and thrives in pressure situations,” Tendulkar told ‘Gulf News’ in an interview. Tendulkar was all praise for the quality of cricket in the Indian Premier League, which he believes is on an upswing in recent times.