Virat Kohli will be turning 29 in leas than a couple of months    Getty Images (File Photo)
Virat Kohli will be turning 29 in leas than a couple of months Getty Images (File Photo)

The ‘unstoppable’ India captain, Virat Kohli, has expressed his wish to play for another 10 years, provided he keeps training as hard as he does now. Kohli will be turning 29 in less than a couple of months. However, he has said that when it comes to training, most of the people have no idea when and where to stop. Kohli has so far scored 4,658 runs in 60 Tests, along with 8,587 runs in 194 ODIs. Meanwhile, the ‘Virat Kohli Foundation’ (VKF), along with RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group has decided to award scholarships to individuals, who have taken strong initiatives to promote sports at grassroot levels, as an amount of INR 2 crores will be spent each year on the scholarships. Virat Kohli gives freedom to his bowlers, says Kuldeep Yadav

“Lot of us don’t actually know how far we can push ourselves. May be at times, without knowing, we are only able to realise 70 percent of our potential. Therefore it is necessary to push yourself until you are done. For example, if I train as hard as I train now, I will possibly play for another 10 years,” said Kohli during a promotional event in New Delhi, as reported by PTI. Speaking on the scholarship programme, he said, “India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The days of being a one-sport country are behind us. The time is just right to introduce an institution that will recognise and reward our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those who are expected to do the country proud in the years to come.” Virat Kohli becomes 3rd-highest run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals

“Initially, we are investing Rs 2 crores but the amount can go up depending upon the performance of the athletes. I wouldn’t have been anything without cricket. It has made me what I am today and if I can touch people’s lives, it will be a great thing,” he added. He also praised Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who was present at the event. “I remember how I along with my friends watched Gopi sir’s All England victory. I had a friend who was a state level badminton player and we all watched the match together. We are all proud of Gopi sir for what he has achieved. He has been producing world class badminton players [PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth],” he said. Kohli s unique post, Tendulkar s biggest lesson on Teachers Day

Kohli also launched the launch RP-SG Indian sports awards, along with Sanjiv Goenka, which would be deciated to individuals for the excellence in the field of sport. Speaking on the award, Kohli said, “India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The days of being a one-sport country are behind us. The time is just right to introduce an institution that will recognise and reward our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those who are expected to do the country proud in the years to come.” Bumrah leapfrogs to No. 4 in rankings; Kohli draws level with Tendulkar

Goenka too added by saying, “What makes the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours unique is the direct involvement of the premier stakeholders of Indian Sport – the sportspersons themselves, legends who have excelled at the highest level, the fans and the sports media. Apart from the recipients who will be shortlisted and decided by the SJFI and Advisory Council respectively, there will be ‘Popular Choice’ awards whose winners will be picked directly by the fans.”