There was a time when Sachin Tendulkar was the global face of Indian cricket. Since his retirement, Virat Kohli has taken over the mantle, and is on the way to become a bigger global superstar than his mentor.
Despite having the world at his feet, the Indian skipper is still very much down to earth, and states he would do anything for his team if needed. Speaking exclusively to BCCI.tv, he has revealed that should he is ready to 'dive six times in an over'. He said:
"It is a great honour to represent my country. Even after 10 years, I don't feel I am entitled to anything here. You still have to work hard for every run you score at the international level for your country. If I have to dive six times in an over, I will do it for the team. That is my duty and that is why I am selected to play for my country and that is a part of my job."
The Indian skipper went onto mention that he puts his all not to show the world or prove a point, but does it for the benefit of the team.
"It is not about doing anyone a favour or not showing anyone you are committed. It is purely about gaining an extra run for your team. The focus has to be that precise and that much finer at that moment. You have to push for that extra run rather than thinking I am tired or mentally not there. That's my only intent to do things that my team needs all the time and helping the team in any way possible," he added.
In the second ODI against West Indies at Visakhapatnam, Kohli scored a sensational unbeaten 157, and during his brilliant knock, created a number of records. The Indian skipper scripted history by becoming the fastest batsman in ODI history to reach the 10,000-run mark in the format, overtaking 'Master Blaster' Sachi Tendulkar. Kohli achieved the feat in 205 innings, compared to the 259 innings by Tendulkar.
Further, Kohli reached 1000 runs for the calender year in ODIs, achieving it in just 11 innings. He overtook South Africa's Hashim Amla to become the fastest batsman to achieve this feat. And It doesn't stop there!
Ever since making debut in this format, Kohli became the youngest player to reach the 10k mark. In just 10 years and 68 days, the Indian skipper reached the feat, overtaking Rahul Dravid, who had done the same in in 10 years and 317 days.