Kohli inches closer towards glory
With every breathtaking innings that Virat Kohli dishes out to the delight of his admirers, the notion of him becoming the next great Indian batsman only grows stronger.
His fans believe he is the future and the number of runs he has scored in a relatively short career further vindicates their belief. Add to it his captaincy and we have an ideal cricketer in the making. “Trying to take responsibility”, he says after India registered their first ODI series victory under his command against Zimbabwe.
Kohli has already taken the first few steps towards a glorious career. Whether notching up one century after another or clinching an ODI series win on his maiden full stint as Indian captain, everything points towards a place in the pantheon of greats.
The young, aggressive cricketer has evolved into a calm, responsible and a mature team player. He possesses the hunger to score runs aplenty and has the ability to time his knocks to perfection. Shedding the brash attitude he carried in his early cricketing days, Kohli has transformed steadily, making the most of his opportunities and sealing that number three slot for a long time. Time and again, he has proved his critics wrong with important contributions with the bat.
After tremendous success in ODIs, Virat Kohli the Test player was yet to be tested in the game’s quintessential format. Those doubts, too, were soon put to rest as slowly and steadily, he established himself in the Test side with notable performances post the VVS Laxman era.
As he continues to progress rapidly in what could be a never-ending ‘purple patch’, comparisons with greats of the game have begun to surface. Experts say there will be a day when Kohli will break all batting records held by the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and looking at the current scenario, there is hardly an iota of doubt in the minds of his well wishers.
In the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, Kohli achieved the feat of becoming the youngest and quickest to slam 15 ODI centuries, surpassing Tendulkar. Not only that, but the Delhi lad has also topped the list of century-makers for India in ODIs, alongside Virender Sehwag. 14 of his 15 hundreds have come in winning causes, which shows the kind of match-winner he has turned out to be every time the team is in a dire situation. Kohli now has opportunity of becoming the fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs, a record currently held by Sir Vivian Richards. Should he hit 425 runs within his next 6 innings, Kohli will achieve a remarkable milestone, one that will be remembered for long.
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