By being the best ODI and T20 batsmen to heading the best ODI and test team (India), Virat Kohli is quite the achiever. The weight of the achievement come a huge responsibility and Kohli is more than ready to take on the mantle. The ace sportsmen is not just the skipper on field but off it as well. At 27, he is looked upon as an icon by many and he dons the role with finesse with his various socially-conscious activities.
The skipper was recently a part of the All Hearts Football Club that locked horns with Abhishek Bachchan’s All Stars Football club for a charity match, ‘Playing for Humanity’. Kohli, the founder of The Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF), spearheaded the match along with Abhishek Bachchan to help raise money for underprivileged children. The batsman had founded the foundation to create awareness, seek support and raise funds for the various causes they endorse and the philanthropic work they engage in. A true leader who understands the implications of poverty that holds back children from achieving their dreams.
Kohli showed his socially-conscious side when he backed up Supreme Court’s recent decision to ban the sale of firecrackers in Delhi. In a video posted on Twitter, Kohli addressed the problem of air and noise pollution that peaks during Diwali time. He emphatically stated that the pollution causes a lot of problems to people and animals as well.
Yes, Kohli being an animal lover is no news, his Instagram is full of his beagle, Bruno. It was only last year when Kohli has posted a video with his dog, asking people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali. The batsman’s love for animals doesn’t stop here. In April, Kohli drove up to Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre (CARE) at Jakkur in Bangalore and passively adopted 15 puppies!
The man is not as aggressive off the field as much as he is on it. In June, Kohli had organized a charity ball in London for the Justice and Care organization. The ball was attended by Sachin, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and other members of the squad who were in England as part of the ICC Champions Trophy. The Justice and Care organization had joined hands with the VKF to end human trafficking and provide rehabilitation to those who were rescued from the trade. “I am proud to support the work of Justice and Care. Its commitment to bring an end to slavery is vital and inspirational and so close to my heart”, Virat was quoted saying on his website.
While Kohli is loved by the entire nation he also proves he’s a real all-round leader given his active participation is things that matter to society at large.