Kohli named in TIME's 100 most influential people 

Writing a profile for Kohli in the magazine, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said his "hunger for runs and consistency" has been remarkable and has become the "hallmark of his game."

Writing for TIME, Tendulkar recalled the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 where he had watched Kohli lead India.   -  AFP

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was named in TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world this year, an annual list of honorees that includes U.S. President Donald Trump.

"TIME's annual list of the world's most influential people is a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now," the magazine said.

Writing a profile for Kohli in the magazine, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said his "hunger for runs and consistency" has been remarkable and has become the "hallmark of his game."

Tendulkar recalled the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 where he had watched Kohli lead India. Tendulkar said the U-19 World Cup was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation.

"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.

Kohli expressed his gratitude to Sachin for the article on TIME 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."

 

The list this year includes actress Nicole Kidman, 'Wonder Women' starrer Gal Gadot, Prince Harry, his fiance Meghan Markle, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is an openly gay son of an Indian immigrant, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and singer Rihanna.