Mumbai, July 20 (): Speaking to the media in Mumbai on Friday, Indian captain for the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Virat Kohli said his superhero for his life is none other than Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli is all set to become the face of MaxSteel, a property of global toy brand Mattel. At the event, where Kohli was unveiled as a brand ambassador of MaxSteel, the cricketer said his superhero had always been Tendulkar and it would be always be Tendulkar for his life.
In Kohli’s life, it was Sachin who had inspired him immensely. He said just watching him play for India, he used to dream of winning games for India, because he used to do it single handed. Kohli just had a vision and got a chance to play with him and do something like that. Sachin had been Kohli’s superhero and he would be for his lifetime, he added.
The 24-year-old is leading Team India for the forthcoming 5 ODIs against Zimbabwe starting Wednesday. At the event, he talked about ‘heroes and villains’ in cricket. He said in cricket, a hero is a person who respects the game and does not corrupt the game. The one who corrupts the game is the villain. The Delhi player said that they should be punished and they had been punished in the past.
Virat Kohli has played 108 ODIs and also featured in the 2011 World Cup winning squad led by Dhoni. He said he liked to lead from the front and set an example to others.
India are to play against Zimbabwe in a five ODI match series from July 24 to August 3. The squad is without skipper Dhoni, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
So, the forthcoming series in Zimbabwe is a test for Kohli as a leader of a young pack of talented cricketers.