Virat Kohli admits his fear of bankruptcy
The current poster boy of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli has been in stupendous form off late. Currently serving as the captain of the Indian Test side, the flamboyant 27-year-old batsman had racked up 973 runs in the recently concluded Indian Premier League- a feat which will probably stand for a number of years.
He didn't only slam a record number of centuries (four) in a single edition of the Indian Premier League but Kohli has also showcased his sublime form in the international circuit as well. Not only did he flaunt an extremely impressive average of 77 in the Asia Cup earlier this year, but the 27-year-old also managed to bag the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC World T20 that followed soon after.
Kohli had scored an impressive total of 273 runs as India bowed out of the tournament after a thrilling semi-final encounter against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Recently voted as the eighth ‘Most Famous Athlete in the World’ by ESPN, Virat Kohli has been in such a magnificent form that it has literally become a challenge to bowl to him. Undoubtedly the world's most feared batsman at the moment, the 27-year-old recently revealed his biggest fear in an interview given to GQ Magazine.
“I’ve begun to think about my future. About how to secure it. Money doesn’t motivate me, but it’s important,” Kohli told the Indian version of the men's magazine. “I’ve gotten accustomed to a certain financial environment. It’s important to sustain that. I’ve seen so many athletes go bankrupt at the end of their career. It’s scary,” he added.
Virat Kohli is one of the highest earning Indian sportspersons
The 27-year-old batsman who reportedly earns Rs.8 lac per month is one of the most paid cricketers in the world. Moreover, being one of the most marketable athletes on the planet, Virat Kohli earns another hefty Rs. 13 crore per annum for displaying sponsored stickers on bats and endorsing a host of brands including that of his shoes and apparel.
In 2014, Virat Kohli became the co-owner of the Indian Super League (ISL) side, FC Goa. In the very same year, he had also launched youth fashion brand named ‘Wrogn’ in association with Archana Reddy's Universal Sportsbiz (USPL).
Further, in 2015 he had invested Rs. 90 crore to launch a chain of gyms and fitness centres all across the country under the name ’Chisel’. Kohli is also the co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League franchise, UAE Royals.