Indian captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the greatest chaser in the history of cricket. More often than not, most crumble under pressure while chasing the big targets, but Virat Kohli has enjoyed it. His numbers while chasing targets are just mind-boggling.
In ODIs, while chasing, he has scored 6430 runs in 123 innings at an incredible average of 68.40 with the help of 24 centuries. In T20Is while chasing in 27 innings, he has scored 1231 runs at an average of 82, which is scarcely believable.
Another great quality he has is that he not only scores runs when his team is chasing but also he guides his team home or does more than enough to get his team over the line.
Here are 5 reasons why the Indian skipper makes chasing look ridiculously easy.
#1 Incredible Fitness
In high drama & high-pressure situations, one not only needs to have an array of strokes, but also has to be incredibly fit. Only then can someone survive such tense situations.
Virat Kohli is incredibly fit not only mentally, but physically as well. He might not be the most prolific boundary hitter in the world but the game has seen few players who are better at accumulating runs than Virat is. His brilliant ability to place the ball in open spaces is coupled with his game awareness and running between the wickets which is second to none.
It is his fitness which allows him to convert the 1’s into 2’s & 2’s into 3’s. You will often see Virat running the first run very hard which puts pressure on the fielders which may result in a fumble, and within a flash Virat is on the other side of the crease. Such instances do matter a lot in pressure situations where every run is important.
His incredible fitness level is what allows him to do this consistently match after match. The most notable example is his running between the wickets against West Indies in WT20 2016 where he batted at a brilliant strike rate without relying heavily on the boundaries. That’s his game.