Cricket is a special part of my life but not the most important, says Virat Kohli

Recently, Kohli became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series Down Under.

Kohli led India to its maiden bilateral ODI series win Down Under | Getty

When it comes to batsmanship across all three formats, India skipper Virat Kohli is simply a giant. Virat has already piled up 39 one-day international hundreds – only behind his batting hero Sachin Tendulkar (49) with 24 of them in run-chases.

He averages a mind-boggling 59.68 in ODIs from 219 matches with 10385 runs while his T20I average reads 49.25 in 65 matches with 2167 runs. Not long ago, Kohli had the average of more than 50 in the shortest format as well.

Virat has also proved his mettle in the traditional format of cricket, scoring 6613 runs at an impressive average of 53.76 in 77 matches thus far. He boasts of 25 tons in Tests with 6 of them being double.

The 30-year-old still has plenty of gas left in the tank before he calls time on his career. During the recently concluded Australia tour, Kohli made it clear that “he will not pick up the bat again” once he bid adieu from cricket. And now the Indian captain has talked about his future plans.

"8 years down the line, priority would be family. Priority would be myself, Anushka and our family by then. Cricket would obviously be a part of my life always but I think family should be priority at all times because nothing is bigger than life. Cricket is a part of life, nothing should be bigger than life," Kohli said on his Mobile Application, Virat Kohli App.

"I know people take life too seriously and be like... 'if you don't take cricket too seriously, then you're not committted enough'. I don't believe in all that. The larger picture always has to be life because whatever happens and may happen, you always come back home.

"So I think the priority will be family, should be family. Cricket will be a very special part of my life, but it's not the most important thing in life is the way I see it. I am blessed to be able to do it right now, it has to end one day. Eight years down the line, I think I will be totally focussed on my family," he added.

Apart from his tremendous batting exploits, Virat has also transformed as a leader and broken several records as a captain. He recently became the first Indian as well as the first Asian captain to win a Test series Down Under.


By Salman Anjum - 20 Jan, 2019

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