Sports is not a mere profession but also a passion. Sports personalities are looked upon as role models.

MSN has released a list of rising sports stars in 2012 in which Indian batsman Virat Kohli tops, followed by Brazilian footballer Neymar.

The list includes Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav, Australian quickie Patrick Cummins and Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake.

Check out the list.

Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli was the captain of the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup. Since, then he has lived up to expectations by becoming the fastest Indian to score 1,000 runs in ODI cricket in 2010. The year 2012 is a must watch for this young batsman.PA
Brazilian footballer Neymar, who plays as a forward for Santos, scored on his debut for Brazil in a friendly match against U.S. Will he make his presence felt in other big clubs?PA
With nine wickets in the Test series against the West Indies in November 2011, followed by six wickets from three appearances in five ODI matches, Indian right arm fast bowler Umesh Yadav is a must watch in 2012.PA
The 18-year old Australian fast bowler Patrick Cummins made his debut in November 2011, and impressed one and all with his 6 wickets in an innings and won the Man of the Match award. The young promising cricketer has raised the bar for 2012.PA
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake won the 100 metre World Championship in 2011. With a personal best of 9.82 seconds in 100 metres, a lot of hope rests on him in the London Olympics 2012.PA