The latest edition of the CNN-News18 Indian of the Year ceremony saw some of the eminent personalities of the country sharing the same stage, as the news outlet honoured the individuals for their contribution to the nation.

Star individuals from the field, of sports, entertainment, business, and other sectors attended the glittery night, and two of the biggest attractions of the event was India skipper Virat Kohli and the recently-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar.

Some eminent personalities who attended the event (Credits: News 18)

Kohli, however, left behind other celebrities to bag the Indian of the Year award for enjoying a stellar year both, as a batsman and as a captain. The 29-year old is the only captain to score ten international hundreds in a calendar year. He recently equalled the legendary Brian Lara’s record of most double centuries in Tests as skipper after slamming his fifth double ton in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Kohli enjoys an equally impressive record as a skipper. He is yet to lose a Test and ODI series as a captain and has already led the team to number one in both the formats in addition to guiding the Men in Blue to the final of this year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

Not surprisingly Kohli was crowned with the prestigious award as soon as he took it, Manushi threw an interesting question at the batting star who is an inspiration to millions of budding cricketers.

“You are one of the best batsmen in the world today. You have been such an inspiration, and you have really given a lot to the society. But there are lot of young people who draw inspiration from you. How would like to give back, especially to children in the field of cricket?” she asked the India batting star.

In reply, the world number one T20I and ODI batsman said:

“What’s very important to understand is, when you do what you do, and you express yourself on the field, it has to be genuine, it has to be from the heart. Otherwise, people find out that you are trying to pretend and they can never connect to you. I have never tried to be anyone else. I have always been myself. I have always mentioned people had a lot of issues with how I was, how I conducted myself. I never had problems with that. The moment I started to think that I need to change, is the only time that I changed.”

Virat Kohli was given the Indian of the Year Award (Credits: News 18)

Further insisting on the importance of being true to oneself, he said:

“Everyone has to go through a mutual process to be where they get to in life, to become more mature. What’s very important to understand is that one should never lose their identity, character and personality. Because if you try to be someone else, you can never succeed and you can never inspire others.”

Here is the clip showing the Miss World 2017 asking the question to the India skipper:

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