Here's how Virat Kohli influenced Sumit Nagal in his careerLast updated on Sep 02, 2019, 02:44 pm
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world across formats.
Asides being a world-class cricketer, he has also played a major role in influencing and shaping the careers of several players.
However, his influence is not just limited to cricket.
Indian tennis sensation Sumit Nagal has revealed Kohli's influence in his career.
Who is Sumit Nagal?
Nagal is an Indian professional tennis player, currently ranked 190 in ATP singles.
Having won a junior Grand Slam title before, Nagal recently made headlines after qualifying for the main draw of the US Open.
He was up against the 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the opening round, where he managed to win the opening set before Federer won the match.
Virat Kohli's foundation has been supporting me since 2017'
"Virat Kohli's foundation has been supporting me since 2017. I haven't been performing well for the last two years and was facing a financial crisis. If I didn't have Virat Kohli supporting me, I don't know what I would have done," Nagal quoted.
Nagal urges people to help athletes for sports to flourish
Nagal revealed to have once been traveling with just six dollars in his pocket from Canada to Germany.
Meanwhile, he has urged people to help athletes for sports to flourish in India.
"If people fund athletes, it will only help the sport flourish in the country. I am fortunate to get that support from Virat," he further quoted to Bombay Times.
Federer backs Nagal to have a solid career ahead
After the match, Federer praised Nagal's performance considerably.
He said that while it wasn't at all easy to deliver the best on the big stage right away, Nagal did well.
"I think he did that very well. I think he knows what he can bring. That's why, I think he's going to have a very solid career," Federer opined.
Nagal eyes Genoa Challenger success, Kohli aims for Windies triumph
Currently, Nagal's next task at hand is the ATP Challenger series in Genoa, where he would be eyeing success, as he has admitted his desire to enter the top 100 of ATP Rankings.
Meanwhile, Kohli and his side are eyeing a clean sweep in the ongoing Test series against Windies in the Caribbean as India look poised to win the second Test.