Indian star Virat Kohli feels that the ultimate solution to eradicate corruption from cricket lies entirely in the hands of individuals.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Kohli said that while the cricket boards are doing their best in bringing an end to this, it will finally boil down to players to end the corruption like match-fixing.
“I think authorities are doing as much as they can to keep the sport clean,” he said. “You obviously cannot go into someone’s room and tell them not to speak to someone in the certain way.
“They can have protocols and they can have rules being set up and that’s how much you can do. Eventually, it’s up to an individual how he wants to go about his decisions. If individuals choose to do something wrong, doesn’t matter how much you control them.”
The Indian test captain also confessed that he has never been approached in his career to get involve in such corrupt practices.
“No, I have never encountered anything like that anytime in my life, fortunately. I love the sport too much,” said Kohli. “For me, to even explain myself for something that might not even lead to anything. As a cricketer, you feel sad from inside to encounter those situations. Fortunately, I haven’t and god willingly, I won’t in future also.
“When I finish, if I can inspire people to take up the sport, if I can inspire children to say that we want to play sport because we want to be like him, that would make me feel like I have achieved something.”
Kohli also expressed his disappointment over how some people in the country judge the cricketer for his off-field activities and not his performances on the field.
“As a sporting nation, there is lack of patience in terms of judging someone too quickly,” he pointed out. “When I came into the team, I had tattoos, dress up in a certain way, I used to do things I felt were fine but may be not in perfect mould of a stereotype Test cricketer. When I now see any youngster being judged early for being a bit more flamboyant, I correct them that there is nothing wrong.Please judge him on what he doing on field, not judge him not in his own life or how he is as a person,” Kohli concluded.