‘Not easy be­ing an Icon’

Crick­eter Vi­rat Kohli says there is a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with be­ing a celebrity

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He has not only earned the tag of be­ing a swash­buck­ling bats­man of the In­dian cricket team but also that of a youth icon. How­ever, crick­eter

Vi­rat Kohli (above) says be­ing a role model for others is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity as it can “af­fect a lot of peo­ple”. Liv­ing un­der the con­stant pub­lic gaze is not al­ways a smooth ride, and Kohli has of­ten been caught on the wrong-foot — be it his an­gry rants or heated con­ver­sa­tions ono the field.

The crick­eter, who is ru­mouredr to be in an on-o and- off re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Anushka Sharma, says he “wishes to learnle from his mis­takes”. “Be­ing a role model for youngy peo­ple is a great feel­ing.fe When peo­ple come up and say that they look up to you and they draw in­spi­ra­tion from you, it meansm a lot per­son­ally. But it also car­ries a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity as ev­ery­thing I do and say af­fects a lot of peo­ple,”p says Kohli, who has been con­nect­ing per­son­ally with his fans via his of­fi­cial fan club. He says he thought of cre­at­ing this of­fi­cial fan club be­cause he of­ten wants to talk to peo­ple about what has worked in build­ingb his suc­cess story.

“For me, dis­ci­pline and hard work are top pri­or­i­ties. I am also pas­sion­ate about learn­ing, which means that I looklo at my past per­for­mance anda wish to learn from my mis­takes.m Th­ese are some of the things that I hope get picked up by my fans,” Kohli adds.

The 27-year-old says that while his fans look up to him, he de­pends on them too. “They mo­ti­vate me to do my best ev­ery time I am out on the field. I love con­nect­ing with my fans through so­cial me­dia but there is no sub­sti­tute for a per­sonal face-to-face meet­ing,” he says.

Be­ing a role model for young peo­ple is a great feel­ing. But it also car­ries a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity as ev­ery­thing I do af­fects peo­ple VI­RAT KOHLI, CRICK­ETER

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