India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says he always wanted to be 'one of the top players in the world'
Always aiming to be the best in the business since his early days, Virat Kohli said he very well knew that he had to consistently perform in all three formats to realise his dream.
Bengaluru: Always aiming to be the best in the business since his early days, India captain Virat Kohli said he very well knew that he had to consistently perform in all three formats of the game to realise his dream.
Kohli, who won the the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI's International Cricketer of the Year at the cricket board's annual awards in Bengaluru last 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 transition phase to be available in all three formats and take the country forward," Kohli said.
Kohli also took a dig at his detractors and said he always believed in his abilities although there were many doubters around him.
"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," he said.
"I always believed in my heart that if I work 120 percent everyday in my life I am answerable to no one."
Kohli on Wednesday also became the first first Indian cricketer to receive the Polly Umrigar award for the third time.
Hailing his teammates for their support and contribution in helping India reach the pinnacle of Test cricket, Kohli said the last 12 months have been a breakthrough year in his career.
"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 is 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," he said.
"At times you don't do well but when the champion players in your side step up and everyone delivers (that is) when you start producing results.
India and Australia are set to lock horns in a multi-format series comprising three ODIs, the day-night Test, and three T20s, starting on 21 September. The Test will be played from 30 September to 3 October in Canberra.
Head coach Matthew Mott said Vlaeminck, who did not bowl on Thursday, would be the lone player unavailable for next week's ODIs in Mackay and the ensuing Test in Gold Coast.
Whether Kohli took the decision to quit T20I captaincy to purely manage the workload or the criticism got to him will remain a mystery for a while, but all things considered, it appears a bold move that should only benefit Indian cricket and him.