Virat Kohli – Packing a Punch!
“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” - Zig Zaglar
Virat Kohli seems to have come a long way from his early days as a cricketer.
Tagged as brash, arrogant and aggressive, Kohli struggled to deal with the sudden success that came along with the U19 World Cup victory in Malaysia back in 2008. He would often take hasty decisions, and his shot-making wasn't the best in the sport.
Today, he has 17 ODI hundreds, 5 Test tons and is already the joint-quickest batsman to reach 5000 ODI runs. Arrogance has been replaced with a level of maturity and the aggression has toned down tremendously. On the field, he remains expressive. Emotions are loud and clear, and he makes no bones about baring them in public, particularly with the bat.
So what separates him from other cricketers of his generation? I'd say it's his temperament. Apart from being a phenomenal stroke-maker, Kohli relishes the taste of pressure and performs even better in such situations. His recent Test hundred in South Africa (119 vs SA) is a good example of how he ups his game when the chips are down. The 2011 Adelaide ton was even more special. It was India's only Test century on that tour, in a team filled with senior members who struggled to put bat on ball. Kohli's ODI records are an ever larger evidence of him being India's most dependable batsman, with majority of his hundreds coming in successful chases.
He's young, he's charming, he's exciting! While batting his way to glory, he has also become one of the strongest pillars of India's cricketing foundation. Kohli couldn't have asked for a better start to his career, one that will surely land him among the greats of the game in the years to come.
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