Virat Kohli, who won the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI’s International Cricketer of the Year at the Cricket Board’s annual awards on Wednesday night, said he always wanted to be one of the top players in the world.
“I always wanted to be one of the top players in the world for sure. So I understood what it would take for me to maintain my form in all three formats. It is very important in the transition phase to be available in all three formats and take the country forward,” Kohli said.
Kohli also took a dig at his haters and said,“All along in my career, there were many people who had doubted the way I have gone about my game. Even now there are doubters and haters all around, but one thing is for sure that I have always believed in myself. I always believed in my heart that if I work 120 per cent every day in my life I am answerable to no one.”
Kohli also became the first Indian cricketer to receive the Polly Umrigar award for the third time.
Hailing his teammates for their support and contribution Kohli said, “It is been quite unbelievable in the last 10 to 12 months. As cricketers, you always have a breakthrough year for everyone. Starting late 2015 to the end of 2016, probably I could term it as the breakthrough year in my career. All the hard work, all the training on a daily basis, all the sacrifices, came together nicely. It could not have been possible without the help of the teammates throughout.”
“At times you don’t do well but when the champion players in your side step up and everyone delivers what when you start producing results. That is why we are the top side in the world at the moment, and it is a testimony to the kind of talents we have in the team and how players have stepped up on occasions which helped the team pull through different situations. I thank my teammates for their support, trust and effort,” Kohli said.
The Indian skipper said the mantra behind the team’s success is its care-free attitude and belief.
“We play with a kind of attitude, we don’t care about what happens outside that change-room door,” Kohli said.
“That is the attitude I have adopted since late 2015 when I stopped putting pressure on myself. I told myself I am working hard enough, I have the talent and I have the ability. I am going to go and express myself, but if I get an opportunity I make sure that I win games,” he added.
Kohli also thanked the Cricket Board (BCCI) for being given an opportunity to lead the Indian team.