Newly crowned Miss World Manushi Chillar, who ended India’s 17-year wait for the crown, had a question for Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli at an awards function in the national capital on Thursday.
“You are one of the best batsman in the world today and you’ve been such an inspiration. You’ve really given back to the society. But there are a lot of young people who draw inspiration from you. How would you like to give back for children, especially in the world of cricket?,” she asked the 29-year-old cricket superstar.
Kohli was eloquent in his response. “Well, what’s very important to understand is when you do what you do and you express yourself on the field, it has to be genuine and it has to be from the heart. Otherwise if people find out that you’re trying to pretend, then they can never connect to you.
“I’ve never tried to be anyone else. I’ve always been myself; I always mention that people had a lot of issues with how I was, how I conducted myself, but I had never had any problems with that,” Kohli said. He also added that it was important to not lose one’s own identity and character.