The way Virat Kohli has been shattering the records every now and then, he has been earmarked by many to break several major batting records especially the one of most centuries in the One-Day Internationals.
The India captain recently equalled legendary Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 centuries in the 50-over format. Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar in the list of most centuries in the 50-over format. The 28-year old’s record has been truly unprecedented as he has amassed his 30 centuries in only 194 games while Ponting scored the same number of centuries in 375 games. He has also scored 17 centuries in the longest format of the game. Given the rate at which Kohli has been scoring the centuries, it is not surprising that he has been backed by many to break or at least reach close to Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible tally of centuries.
And while nobody has any doubt regarding his ability, the one question that is on everyone’s mind is that for how long the Indian run-machine can play in this modern generation where several players are finding it tough to sustain their fitness due to the rigorous schedule. Well, Kohli has himself spoken on the much-talked about topic and has said that he will play for another 10 years if he trains as hard as he trains now.
“Lot of us don’t actually know how far we can push ourselves. May be at times, without knowing, we are only able to realise 70 percent of our potential. Therefore it is necessary to push yourself until you are done. For example, if I train as hard as I train now, I will possibly play for another 10 years,” Kohli said during a promotional event.
Kohli was speaking at the launch of the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours. Kohli’s foundation, ‘Virat Kohli Foundation’ in association with the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, will award scholarships to to individuals who have undertaken exceptional initiatives to promote sports at the grassroot level.
“India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The days of being a one-sport country are behind us. The time is just right to introduce an institution that will recognise and reward our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those who are expected to do the country proud in the years to come,” Kohli said.
“Initially, we are investing Rs 2 crore but the amount can go up depending upon the performance of the athletes. I wouldn’t have been anything without cricket. It has made me what I am today and if I can touch people’s lives, it will be a great thing,” Kohli added.