5 Things that set Indian skipper Virat Kohli a class apart from the rest
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently regarded as the undoubted best batsman among the current crop of players by cricket pundits and experts all over the world, is certainly one of the greatest of all time to have ever graced the game.
At the age of 30, Kohli is already the proud holder of several records in the cricket books. His everlasting desire to keep improving his game every time he steps out to the field has helped him remain at the top of his game for so many years.
The Indian skipper has established himself as a run machine across all formats of the game and his bewildering numbers in the three formats speak for themselves. The talisman of Indian batting recently leapfrogged his idol Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest man on the planet to reach 10,000 ODI runs, bettering the icon’s record by an incredible 54 innings.
Kohli has 38 centuries to his name in the 50 over version of the game and averages almost 60 in the format. He also has more than 2000 runs in the shortest version of the game and averages close to 50 in the games he has played in the format so far.
Kohli’s staggering numbers are not only restricted to the shorter formats but extend to the longer format of the game as well. The right-handed batsman has amassed over 6000 runs in the Test format at an average close to 54. The fact that Kohli has achieved all these in less than 10 years of international cricket makes the fans praise his consistency.
Considering his current fitness levels, the 30-year-old looks good enough for at least another 7-8 years of international cricket playing at the highest level. His unthinkable hunger to score runs for himself and win games for his team certainly sets him a class apart from the rest of the modern-day batsmen and establishes him as the best among the current generation players.
Here are 5 things that put the Indian skipper on a different level from the rest:
5. Passion and dedication towards the game
The Indian skipper’s journey with the Indian cricket team began in a one day international against Sri Lanka back in 2008. Virat Kohli was perceived as a future star for Team India right from the very moment when he led the India U-19 team to a World Cup triumph beating South Africa in the final of 2008.
His potential with the bat was never in doubt but his aggressive attitude on the field raised a number of questions from critics and experts on whether he would be the right man to lead the side.
His uncontrolled aggression on the field which was perceived by many as arrogance was no more than his unparalleled passion for the game. His passion for the game is what drives Kohli to better himself every time he steps out to the field.
Kohli’s passion gets reflected on the field every time he gets past a hundred, he is dismissed cheaply, a fielder takes a catch, a batsman is run out or an umpiring decision goes against the team. His passion and dedication towards the game are matched only by a few in present generation cricket.