Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was awarded the Polly Umrigar award for the BCCI International Cricketer of the Year at the cricket board’s annual awards in Bengaluru on Wednesday, said he always wanted to be one of the top players in the world.
The 28-year-old , who is the first Indian cricketer to receive the Umrigar award for the third time, admitted that the last 12 months have been a breakthrough period in his career.
Virat KohliI always wanted to be one of the top players in the world, so I understood what it would take to maintain my form in all three formats. I take the captaincy as an opportunity and not as a job. It’s a responsibility that I need to do the right things, set the right examples and follow a certain path that the whole team believes in.
While the last two times he won the trophy for his performances, this time round he’s also winning it for his outings as the full-time Test skipper of the Indian team. In the 2015-2016 cricket season, Virat led India in 8 Test matches and won 5 of them. The skipper himself scored a total of 447 runs, including a century.
Virat KohliThe last 10-12 months have been quite unbelievable. As cricketers, you always have a breakthrough year, starting late of 2015 to probably the end of 2016, I could recall when I grow older, as the breakthrough year in my career.
The Delhi batsman, who led India to an unprecedented 19-Test unbeaten streak, revealed that a lot of people doubted his abilities when he emerged into the international scene.
There were a lot of people who doubted my abilities but I have that belief in myself and if I give my 120 percent everyday then I don’t think I am answerable to anyone.
Hailing his teammates for the support and performance in making the team No.1 in Tests, Kohli said:
It couldn’t have been possible without the help of my teammates. Whenever we had a poor time, one of the champions in our side took the responsibility and stood up. That’s why we are a champion team and are the No.1 Test team in the world. If we can win together, we should also learn to embrace the losses together.
Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also became the first Indian to receive the Dilip Sardesai award twice.