India has voted and chosen the Times 50 Most Desirable Men of 2014. The 20.3 lakh votes received online on http://www.itimes.com/polls along with our vote decided the winners. There are no surprises for guessing that this time the winner is the cricket run-machine for India, the young man with the swagger Virat Kohli. He works hard, parties hard, is unapologetic and wears his heart on his sleeve. He is aggressive on the field, he doesn’t mind sledging or questioning dubious decisions and whatever is on his mind is on his lips. This Punjabi is a softie at heart, be it displaying his affection for his mother or his love for his girlfriend Anushka Sharma and Virat has clearly made PDA cool. Clearly, girls of India go weak in their knees when he sends his flying kisses through his bat on the field. So be it for his ‘boy next door’ image, his sexy stubble, his rebel nature or just the fact that he is the first Indian to have scored a 100 against Pakistan in a World Cup match, he is the perfect bad boy for all the good girls.
Anushka, watch out as you have all the girls vying for your boyfriend. Excerpts from a conversation with Virat:
What in your view makes you the most desirable man in India?
May be because I am straight forward and don’t manipulate things and don’t hide the truth.
Who do you find the most desirable woman in the world?
For me, my girlfriend Anushka Sharma is the most desirable woman in the world.
What makes her most desirable?
She is a lovely and simple person and she is as honest as well just like I am. And that is what I love about her the most. That is my biggest attraction towards her.
Rate the following in descending order of the qualities that make you most desirable — love for your mother, respecting your relationship with Anushka, sexy stubble, the boy next door image, rebellious nature.
1) Love for my mother 2) Respecting my relationship with Anushka 3) Rebellious nature 4) Boy next door image 5) Sexy stubble
What makes you love your mother so much?
I lost my father in 2006 when I had just started playing first class cricket, but was not a part of the Indian cricket team. I have an elder brother and sister and my mother while she is conventional, she is mentally the strongest woman I have seen. After my father, she has held the family together and is like a rock of the family. I have seen her seeing and handling tough times with great composure and that is why I love and respect her so much.
© THE TIMES OF INDIA