Virat Kohli has always promoted sports other than cricket. The Indian skipper even pledged a support of Rs 2 crore annually on September 8 for other sports through his foundation, Virat Kohli foundation. He even started an initiative to identify one player from each sport and award them under RPSG, an association with Sanjiv Goenka. In that event he emphasised the need to take up a sport instead of getting hooked to a particular gadget. He also shared a few tales of his childhood which included India’s legendary badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.
In a recent interview with CNN-News 18, Kohli revealed his second favourite sport apart from cricket, a sport he excels in.
Probably badminton. My closest friend was a state level badminton player. So, I used to compete with him and got to learn a lot about the sport,
After Kohli shared a few experiences of him of the sport, he also answered on the possibility of him being seen with India’s Olympic medallists, shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.
Yes, why not. Those are amazing players. The whole idea is to motivate people to come out and play.
Kohli also urged youngsters to take up a sport and engage in physical activities instead of getting hooked to one’s gadgets.
I am not asking them to play cricket but maybe learn a particular sport professionally. It is a basic necessity from the physical and mental health point of view of a child. These days technology has taken over people’s daily lives and they are not physically active, and that’s why health concerns are cropping up on a daily basis. We must try and create as much awareness about that,
Kohli-led recently won yet another bilateral series. India will be facing Sri Lanka in a three-Test series starting November 16. They will be high on confidence having clean-swept the visitors earlier this year.