Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone Are In TIME's 100 Most Influential People List & India Is Proud
The TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List is out and guess who made it to the list from India this time?
Well, all we can say is that those who have made it to the list rule millions of hearts and have a massive fan following and deserve this space for sure.
Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, Indian Cricket Team Skipper Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella have been named in the list this year.
Describing the type of people that usually make it to the list, the magazine said, “TIME’s annual list of the world’s most influential people is a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now.”
Describing Kohli, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar wrote “hunger for runs and consistency. Has been remarkable and has become the hallmark of his game.”
Recalling the first time he saw him playing for Under-19 World Cup he said, “That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today, Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game. Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique but also his fitness level. He’s never looked back.”
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When such words come from someone like Tendulkar you know for sure that Kohli deserves every bit of this appreciation.
Writing a profile for Bhavish Aggarwal, Sachin Bansal, Executive chairman of Flipkart said Aggarwal, “scaled it (Ola) to more than 100 Indian cities, empowered millions of driver-partners and commuters, and is a flag bearer for India’s consumer-tech ecosystem all by the age of 32.”
But it was Deepika’s profile that made us fall for her all over again. Written by none other than Hollywood superstar Vin Diesel, he said, “not just here to represent India, she’s here to represent the world.”
Further stating that “Deepika is the best Earth has to offer”, he added that he admired her “synchronicity, a synergy, a chemistry” when he first met her during his shoot for ‘Fast and the Furious’. Though they didn’t work together Diesel was already enamoured by her, in fact when he got the chance, Deepika became the first person to be cast for ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage.’
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Diesel has definitely given every Indian out there a reason to smile.
On Satya Nadella, Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane University and a former managing editor of TIME, said, “Since becoming CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Nadella has used those principles to restore the company’s spirit of innovation. Consider its new product strategy, which emphasizes cloud computing and allowing people to collaborate across platforms.”
Other people who have made it to the list this year are actress Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina and singer Rihanna.