Virat Kohli: Captain in the making
"Leadership is about taking responsibilities, not making excuses" - Mitt Romney
It may be too early to judge the captain in Virat, but his short stints with a young Indian team are surely proving to be the stepping stones of his success story as an influential leader.
Kohli first captained the Men In Blue in the 2013 tri-nation series in West Indies, and in only his first game, racked up a hundred. India eventually won the game and the margin of victory was exactly the same as Kohli's score – 102. In his third match against Zimbabwe, he once again anchored India's innings with a skillful century, this time in a chase as India registered a comprehensive 6-wicket win at Harare.
The next couple of matches saw a downward graph in Virat's batting charts, but he kept leading India to victories one after the other. MS Dhoni's absence handed him a chance to display his leadership potential, and Kohli responded well with a 5-o series whitewash against Zimbabwe. In the four games that he batted, Virat aggregated a total of 197 runs that included scores of 115 and 68*.
Team India's blue-eyed boy was once again given an opportunity when regular captain Dhoni was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a side strain. Virat grabbed it with both hands, smashing a swashbuckling 136 against Bangladesh, helping his team win another crucial encounter.
The Delhi lad enjoys a 100% win record in the 7 one-day internationals that he has captained so far. While this may be too small a figure to look at, Virat's capability to lead an attacking Indian side certainly cannot be overlooked.
Virat Kohli fits perfectly in the category of becoming MSD's worthy successor in the near future.
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