New Delhi, Mar 24: India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli feels that he hasn't “changed his personality because of critics” and was looking to win as many games possible for India in the future.
“I have always had the self-belief to go forward. A lot of people criticised me for the way I used to be off the field. I did make a few mistakes but I don't think that I have changed my personality.
I am still the same person at heart. It's all about making your own identity at what you are and not changing for what people want you to be,” the Indian vice-captain said during a function where he was unveiled as Ambassador for ICC's partnership with Room to Read here today.
“You would rather become someone because who you are rather than changing for someone else. That gives you a lot of satisfaction,” the 23-year-old batsman, who has already scored 11 ODI hundreds apart from a Test century at Adelaide.
Having scored a magnificent 183 in a mammoth chase against Pakistan, the youngster said that it was his aim to score a big hundred rather than scoring 110, 115s.
“It's the team which comes first. I was getting a lot of 110s and 115s and getting out in the 40th and 42nd over. So I asked myself that why don't I get a big one. I decided to apply myself and not make the mistakes.”
With the one-off T20 against South Africa coming up followed by the IPL, Kohli's aim is to enjoy his game as much as possible.
“I want to enjoy myself everytime I got out there in the middle. Keep myself motivated and looking to do that everywhere.”
The young star also had a word of advice for the young kids.
“Be true to yourself and do whatever you feel like but with full passion. If you want to pursue education or sport do that with passion because no one can else force you to do something that you don't want. There will be a few distractions but one shouldn't lose focus,” he said.