Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli, along with well-known athletes Rafael Nadal and Tom Brady, is part of the high-profile group of owners in the E1 Raceboat Championship. Kohli, at 34, is the owner of ‘The Blue Rising Team’ in this boat racing competition, which has a core mission of highlighting the pressing concerns of marine conservation and the challenges posed by rising sea levels.
Kohli’s vision for The Blue Rising team is to promote eco-friendly sports and safeguard the planet for generations to come. In a statement provided by e1series.com, Kohli expressed:
“I want to inspire people to have a competitive spirit and to raise awareness about sustainability issues, something I am becoming more and more passionate about as we build a family. I can’t wait to cheer for our male and female pilots racing for our team.”
He continued: “I’m looking forward to lining up against the likes of Tom Brady, Rafa Nadal, Sergio Perez, Steve Aoki, and Didier Drogba – we’re going electric, we’re going flying over the water and we’re going to try to win it for The Blue Rising!”
For those unfamiliar with the format, E1 races are a two-day affair. The first day is reserved for practice sessions, while the second day hosts the finals. Most E1 events are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. The competition is structured into four stages: qualifying, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the ultimate final.
The E1 World Championship will feature 12 teams, each with two pilots, competing for a single championship title. Seven out of these 12 teams have already been confirmed, including Team Blue Rising, Aoki Racking Team, Team Drogba, Team Nadal, Team Perez, Venice Racing Team, and Team Brady.
The championship will take place at various venues: Jeddah in the Middle East for Rounds 1 and 2 in January and February, Venice for Rounds 3 and 4 in April and May, and Europe, Monaco, and Rotterdam for Rounds 5, 6, and 7 in June, July, and September.
Virat Kohli is preparing to rejoin Team India before the IND vs AUS World Cup match
Virat Kohli is scheduled to rejoin Team India before their inaugural World Cup match against Australia at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday, October 8.
He returned to Mumbai from Guwahati due to a personal matter following the abandonment of the first warm-up match against England. Kohli did not accompany the team to Trivandrum for the second warm-up game against the Netherlands.
Kohli arrives at the World Cup as India’s leading run-scorer in ODIs, boasting 13,083 runs in 281 matches, which include 47 centuries and 66 half-centuries. In 2023 alone, he has already accumulated 612 runs in 16 ODIs, maintaining an impressive average of 55.64, with three centuries to his name.
Now, the 34-year-old will strive to contribute significantly as the Men in Blue pursue their third ODI World Cup victory. India’s most recent 50-over World Cup triumph occurred in 2011 on their home turf.