For many years cricketers have been the face of sports in India. It all started with radio commentary and then the introduction of TV in India exploded the sport into every Indian home. The first hero was of course Sunil Gavaskar to be followed by Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar thereafter. The baton was passed on to MS Dhoni in 2007 and today the legacy is continued by the current Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli is admired by millions of people for his dedication and commitment towards sports. The right-handed batsman on Friday at an event did something similar to inspire many, even though he was criticising some aspects of the modern culture that youngsters were picking up. Kohli at the event said that the youngsters now spend a lot of time on electronic gadgets instead of spending time outside the house on physical activities.
He said,”Kids nowadays spend more time on phones and i-Pads. In our days, we used to be out and spend more time playing on the fields, streets, and parks. I remember in my childhood if any one of my friends had a video game, we had to plan out when we all will gather at his house to play that game.”
Kohli said all this at a press conference where he and RP-SG chairman Sanjiv Goenka joined hands to launch Indian sports Awards to honour sportspersons for their outstanding achievements. The unique awards will be given on November 11 said Goenka and the categories regarding it will be provided soon.
The 28-year-old batsman during the event also announced a support of Rs 2 crore annually through the Virat Kohli Foundation for players from other sports in India. He added that The 28-year old said that more cricketers should come up and help India achieve the tag of a ‘sporting nation’.