Constant public scrutiny of my personal life uncomfortable: Virat Kohli

May 11 2018

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From the time he was dating actress Anushka Sharma to his wedding in  Italy and even now -- months after the two tied the knot -- prying  paparazzi and public scrutiny of Virat Kohli's life has not stopped.  India's cricket captain and the icon of the country's youth says it can  get uncomfortable, but he is learning to deal with it.

Virat and  Anushka, fondly called "Virushka" by their fans, dated for four years  before tying the knot in an intimate affair in Tuscany, Italy, last  December.

With celebrity status comes the baggage of being under the scanner all the time. Does he find it easy?

"The  constant public scrutiny about my personal life can become a bit  uncomfortable at times. However, I have learnt how to handle it.  Celebrities are also normal human beings -- just like any other person,  and I feel people should let them have their space," Kohli told IANS in  an e-mail interview.

The 29-year-old Indian cricket team captain,  who endorses multiple brands including Puma, says he keeps a good  balance between his personal and professional lives despite his  chock-a-block schedules.

"I keep a good balance between my  personal and professional life. When I am with family, I try to  completely switch off from cricket. I try to catch up with friends,  watch a movie or go out for a drive. I like spending time with my dog,"  he said.

However, he said when he is on a tour for cricket, he puts his "mind and heart into the next game".

"It  includes regular training for fitness and skills," added the Delhi boy,  who represented the city's cricket team at several age-group levels  before making his India team debut in 2006.

On his journey from  domestic cricket to becoming India captain, Kohli told IANS: "It has  been an incredible journey. I come from a humble background, and my  journey towards where I am today started from a colony in West Delhi.

"The  road to success was not easy and I have learnt to face challenges head  on. I have come through the ranks of junior cricket, making my way to  Ranji trophy and then the Indian team."

The Padma Shri awardee  cherishes being a part of the winning team during the World Cup in 2011,  describing it as an "amazing experience".

Kohli, who made his  ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19, asserted that it  was always his dream to represent India.

"From the very first  day, my goal has been to play for my country, and this brings me immense  pride. Standing on the cricket pitch, and seeing your countrymen cheer  for you, is a happy feeling, and I enjoy every moment of it," said the  India team skipper, who also won the Arjuna Award in 2013.

With  biopics on cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and  Kapil Dev gaining popularity in Bollywood, does he foresee a movie on  his life?

"It is not something I have thought about a lot. And if  there's one ever made, I feel it will be more of a real account of my  life than a biopic," said the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, who  has launched the first performance footwear from the brand One8 for  Puma.

Kohli says with One8, he wants to make sports products better.

"My experience of playing the sport at the highest level helps me provide inputs to create superior products."

He  says it's a shoe created for cricket enthusiasts and players alike as  they are light and adaptive, designed in a way to enhance performance.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at durga.c@ians.in)

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  • IANS