The captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli aims to develop a sporting culture in India.
In a recent interview with TOI, Kohli admitted he wants the country to do well in other sports too. Meanwhile, Kohli is currently having a free time following the gruelling series in the Rainbow Nation.
BCCI has decided to rest Kohli along with other senior players for the upcoming Nidahas Trophy. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.
Nidahas Trophy, which marks the 70-year of Sri Lanka’s independence is a triangular T20 tournament involving Bangladesh. It will kickstart from March 6 with host Sri Lanka taking on India in the first game.
My ultimate is to develop a sporting culture:
Kohli revealed his ambition in life is to develop a sporting culture in India. Further, he added a vibrant sporting culture would help people follow all sports. Also, Kohli stated the next decade would see a rise in interest in sports throughout the country.
“My ultimate aim in life, in general, is to have a sporting culture in India where people know each and every sport inside out; to be able to follow all sports equally. I am certainly excited about the fact that we are at a juncture where we have a chance to create that in the next 10-15 years, and we foresee Goa as the hub where footballers feel, ‘if I want to become a high-class footballer in India, I need to go there and train,” Kohli said.
Lack of top-level leagues a major drawback for Football:
Citing the reason for cricket being most successful when compared to football, Kohli stated that lack of top-level leagues is a major drawback.
“It’s lack of leagues like this at a major level. There is nothing like globalizing the sport. With the kind of visibility on television and the kind of access that people have, it’s creating awareness. People know Indian players. People even watched all those who played at the Under-17 World Cup. It’s all about visibility. Unless you get to show your talent, on television screens, it’s very difficult for people to start liking something,” Kohli mentioned.
“It happened with me as well. If our Under-19 World Cup wasn’t televised, maybe I wouldn’t have been sitting here. Our matches were televised, and we got our chance to portray our talent. Then people started talking about us. The kind of visibility that the league has will play a major role,” he concluded.
On a personal note, Kohli led the Indian team to script history in South Africa. The Men in Blue came back from the Test series to win the ODI and T20I series. They also became the first Indian team to win a series in South Africa.
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