Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

India captain Virat Kohli is often called a run-machine with an unreal appetite for scoring centuries. However, for Kohli who is already regarded as the legend of the game, has no desire for numbers because for him inspiring others through his work ethic is more important.

Currently, he’s leading India in their third overseas assignment of 2018, searching for a first Test series win on Australian soil.

Kohli, 30, wants to leave a legacy behind when he’s done playing cricket professionally. “Honestly, numbers and all these things would be the last thing I would think of when I finish playing,” Kohli told Adam Gilchrist on Fox Cricket. “For me, the most important thing is if I’ve been able to inspire the next lot to push themselves towards excellence and break their own barriers of any kind of limitations they have in their minds or bodies.

“Anything like that, because that’s what I believe in – to be able to play my cricket at the level I want until the time I retire is my goal. If I can leave that legacy behind where people are striving for excellence every day in what they eat, how they train, how much they sleep, what their rest patterns are like, how they practice, how they think about the game and keep Indian cricket at that level. If I can contribute to that even five per cent I’ll be very happy at the end of my career.”

Providing a deeper insight into how he looks at his career, Kohli said he has a practical approach and is aware that the career is temporary and so he won’t get “too attached” to it

“My focus is on doing the normal things, just staying in the present, focusing on what I need to do in my sport and my life and not get too attached to anything else because it can get dangerous,” he said.

“I understand this is going to end one day and I don’t want to be addicted to something that I will not have one day. It’s great that so many people like or love what I do and If I can provide entertainment and happiness for them I’m grateful for that. But the numbers don’t matter. If I’m able to impact one life, that’s more than enough for me.”