We live in a country that treats cricket like a religion. The entire nation is obsessed with the sport. So much so that every other sport pales in comparison, and never gets the attention it deserves.

But that doesn’t mean the other sports aren’t as important. That doesn’t mean the other sportspersons don’t work just as hard. That also doesn’t mean that the other sports aren’t just as entertaining. And Virat Kohli – the captain of the Indian cricket team – understands and recognizes that.

With several Indian athletes participating at the Rio Olympics at the moment, here’s Kohli motivating every Indian athlete who is not a cricketer. Why? Because they’re just as awesome and just as important :