Celebrities these days are issuing the no-personal-questions diktat like never before, and current Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli also decided to go by the rule on his Delhi visit after a clean sweep against Sri Lanka.
The 26-year-old Delhi lad, who was recently seen blowing a kiss with his bat to his rumoured love interest, actor Anushka Sharma, said during a press meet for the launch of his animated characters that his on-field graphic avatar would also blow kisses if he does well, much the same way he did.
“If the cricketer (avatar) scores well, he too, won’t hesitate to blow kisses with his bat, just the way I did a few days ago. I can openly say that; there are no problems in that,” he said, giving away no more but at the same time making an indirect statement in that regard.
Asked if his other avatar, that of a superhero, had a love interest to enhance the storyline, the man in red-hot form dodged the googly with a neat shot. “Uski personal life alag hai aur meri alag hai (the character and I have different personal lives).”
Meanwhile, the man of the moment is happy that his popularity graph on social media has surpassed that of captain cool, MS Dhoni. “Popularity and records are by-products of hard work and dedication. This is something that’s not in your hands. My attempt is to do well for the country and if that is appreciated by everyone, it feels good.”
Virat also feels flattered that his fan-following is catching up with that of his inspiration, Sachin Tendulkar. “It is surreal to be close to someone whom I have idolised; someone who inspired me to play the sport. If you are loved by people, it makes a difference to your life.”
He is unflustered by the pressure that comes with performance. “Pressure utna hi hota hai jitna aap lena chahte hain. The smallest thing can unnerve you while you can stay composed in difficult situations. I believe in giving my best, always.”