Virat Kohli makes it to retention list
Royal Challengers Bangalore today announced that India’s talented middle-order batsman Virat Kohli has been signed on by the team for two years. This is in line with the policy of the Board of Control for Cricket in India which provides for player retention by IPL teams. The young RCB prodigy Virat Kohli who is retained at $ 1.8 Million was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 before the first season of IPL in 2008.
If one looks for justification for spending such a big amount on the young lad then the plate is more than full with his performances.
Virat scored 307 runs at an average of 28 with a strike rate of 144 in the IPL 2010. At the international arena the lad is just doing everything right. In last 5 ODI matches, he has four 50 plus scores including two back to back centuries. He requires just 7 more runs to become first Indian to complete 1000 runs in ODI this year. He has aggregated 993 runs in 23 games at an average of 52.26 including 3 centuries and 7 fifties. Only Hashim Amla with 1058 runs in 2010 is ahead of him.
Virat Kohli has also been in action in the 2010 Ranji Trophy where he has already hit two big centuries consecutively. In 2006 when he lost his father in between the match, not many thought Kohli would be able to report at the dressing room this morning, let alone bat. But the 18-year-old Virat Kohli showed up next morning to bat, where his team was staring at follow on. Virat batted with grit and determination and scored chanceless 90 too see his side to safety.
If we dig into past of this live wire, it impresses us all the more. Virat Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia .Batting at number 4, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47.Kohli was also instrumental in India's win of the 2009 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. In the final against South Africa, Kohli scored a century for India. India went on to win the game by 17 runs. Kohli emerged as the leading run scorer of the tournament, aggregating 398 runs from seven matches including two centuries and two fifties.
So retaining Virat Kohli is definitely a Strategic decision by the RCB. Considering his recent string of performances, glorious past and being a live wire in the field, he surely would have been one of the hottest pick in the IPL 2011 auction.
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