Virat Kohli won the 'Indian of the Year' award    IANS
Virat Kohli won the ‘Indian of the Year’ award IANS

Virat Kohli has not forgotten his roots. He described himself as a “typical” Delhi boy during an award function hosted by CNN-News 18, who adjudged him as Indian of the Year. After receiving the award, Kohli said, “I am a typical Delhi boy at heart. Wherever I might be in life, I always remember where I come from and what I have gone through to be where I am. That never goes away from me. No expectations, no milestones… there is a simple mindset. I just go there and do my duty. I don’t believe in tags and comparisons.”

Speaking of the “joy” of his life, Kohli added, “For me the joy of life is just watching that ball and hitting it from the middle of the bat.”

Kohli was also given the Popular Choice award. The other awardees were Srikanth Kidambi (sports), Afroz Shah (public service), Rajkumar Rao (entertainment) and Acharya Balkrishnan (business),

Virat Kohli: Century at Adelaide in 2014 most special to me
Virat Kohli: Century at Adelaide in 2014 most special to me

Ravi Shastri was awarded for ‘Special Achievement’. Indian Women’s Cricket Team and Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar were also awarded in the same category.

Kohli will be leading India at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, in the third Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. India are leading the series 1-0. If India win this, they will be the only side after England and Australia to have registered 9 consecutive series wins.

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