Indian captain Virat Kohli was included in the TIME's 100 most influential people for the year 2018 after a stellar season last year in which he had amassed 2818 runs across all formats and slammed 11 centuries.
He led India to the final of the Champions Trophy, ODI series win over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Test series win over Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka (twice).
Kohli’s profile in the TIME magazine had words by India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar wrote that the 29-year-old's "hunger for runs and consistency" has been remarkable and has become the "hallmark of his game." Tendulkar had also recalled watching Kohli leading India to the U19 World Cup win in 2008.
“That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today, Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game," Tendulkar said of Kohli.
"Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal; to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. He's never looked back," Tendulkar said.
Virat Kohli took to Twitter to thank Sachin Tendulkar for his kind words on him in the magazine.
He tweeted, “Thank you @sachin_rt paaji for such warm and encouraging words. Truly honored for being able to make it to the @Time's 100 list. #Times100 #grateful”