An inspiration to the next generation of cricketers, the most complete batsman of the modern era, the current “KING” over 22 yards, the RUN MACHINE “VIRAT KOHLI”
The wonder boy from the capital of India rose to fame by winning the U-19 world cup back in the year 2008 where he led an exuberant team of people to glory. But like many successful people his childhood was not a happy hunting ground for him as he lost his father at an early age. But he made sure that his loss does not affect his sincerity and passion towards the sport.
He first burst onto the international stage at an age of 19 against Srilanka which was not the ideal debut he was hoping for but made sure that the failure does not affect his spirit and he kept his hopes high and now who would have thought the boy who got out cheaply in his debut will now be a nightmare for the Srilankans as he scored two double hundreds in the same series against the men from the island nation.
Since making his ODI debut he has not turned back and has gone on to score more at will. His stats look ridiculously amazing. He is scoring runs at will while the other batsmen are struggling even to score a single double century in a calendar year he has gone on to score 3 with ease. In the shortest format of the game he is aggressive as well calculative.
The form of top players like Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara have reduced after taking the reigns but you could say that kohli’s form has gone from leap to bounds after taking over the reigns from “COOL” captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He has taken responsibility not only in guiding the team but also tremendously improved his batting capabilities.
Another year has come and gone with the all-too-familiar sight of Virat Kohli asserting his dominance across formats. Here’s a look at another one of his dominant years in international cricket through the lens of numbers.
With the skipper on song, India’s performances too blossomed throughout the year as the Men in Blue ended up winning the second most number of matches in a calendar year across formats — 37 (in 2017). He helped in team in most difficult situation by playing a captain’s knock especially when it comes to chasing he has led the team from front so he fondly called as the “Chase Master”.
He started the year on a high by beating the English cricket team by partnering with Kedar Jadhav and it was just the beginning of a beautiful year for him as a player and as a skipper. Since he has set tremendous standards for himself as well as for the team, if he doesn’t score a century in five or six innings, critics talk about his form but sure he knows how to silence his critics –just like scoring a well-defined double century against Bangladesh. Again there was a dip in form against the Aussies but he fought back and lead the team into the champion’s trophy final where they squared off against their arch-rivals Pakistan but lost the final. He then conquered the West Indies followed by Srilanka where he white washed them in their own backyard. And it was just like walk in the park for him as he scored against all the nations and due to his personal commitments he just missed the record of most runs in a calendar year. He is one of the members of the modern “FAB 4” but clearly stands out as the best among the modern era greats.
Records to prove that
Statistics obtained from cricbuzz.com