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Kohli, football team owner

Virat Kohli has become the third high-profile Indian cricketer to own a stake in a team in the franchise-based football tournament Indian Super League

Virat Kohli kicks about a football during a practice session, Dhaka, March 20, 2014


The Indian cricket team loves its football. It plays the game pretty competitively before every training session. Now one of the biggest stars of the team will help pay wages of FC Goa in the upcoming Indian Super League, a franchise-based domestic football tournament.
"Some might think I am pretty young to do something like this or it is a step taken too early, but nothing is never too early," Virat Kohli said. "If you believe in something, you have to put your 100% commitment to it, and I decided to do it because I want football to grow in India.
"Cricket is not going to last forever so, whenever I am done, whenever I retire, I am keeping all my options open. It is something that excited me a lot and I tried to go ahead with it."
Kohli is not just an owner in name. "I was pretty much in touch with FC Goa, figuring out whom to pick," Kohli said. "We have a pretty strong side. Average age of the side is 28." The team will be coached by Brazilian legend Zico, and has in its ranks former French playmaker, Robert Pires.
Kohli might be the first active cricketer to co-own a team in the league, but Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly already own stakes in the Kochi and Kolkata franchises respectively.