Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world right now across all formats. The Team India skipper has been consistently scoring runs and winning games for the side. Last year Kohli was right at the top of his game scoring 2818 runs across all formats and slammed 11 centuries.

After such a stellar season as a captain, he has been named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people. One of the greatest cricketers of all time Sachin Tendulkar wrote Kohli’s profile in the magazine.

He wrote that the 29-year-old’s “hunger for runs and consistency” has been remarkable and has become the “hallmark of his game.”

Kohli has captained India to 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. Tendulkar who had watched Kohli leading the victorious side said that the U-19 World Cup 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,” said Tendulkar about Kohli.

“Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. He’s never looked back,” Tendulkar said.

The legend also said that he sees Kohli as a very focused guy who will turn detractors into followers .

“My father always told me that if I focused on what I was doing, over time, detractors would become followers. Virat seems to have a similar outlook when it comes to his game. 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!,” he signed off.

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