To be honest, Virat Kohli has been one of the very few of those cricketers who witness a tremendous fan following. I personally am a very big fan of his cricketing skills, and I am sure most of you are too. Let alone the fan following and see the expertise of this person in cricket, prime and supreme run of form, and one the very brave that the cricketing grounds have ever seen.
While chasing down big targets Virat is the man to look up to. I once remember him saying “when I see that we have 100 runs to score in the last 10 overs then I think we are safe”, at the post match ceremony after receiving a man of the match award.
Enough of the praise lets talk numbers. Kohli’s statistics are somewhat very brilliant and are astounding, already having scored 22 ODI centuries at such a young age and the fastest to reach the 6000 runs mark beating the West Indian legend SIR VIV RICHARDS. The description pretty much reflects a player of Kohli’s caliber and there are few of them.
Apart from all this Kohli has already played a world cup before with all the greats like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Gambhir and was a part of that winning team in 2011. This time he has to defend the world cup without any of the great players except for Dhoni. The question arises that will Kohli be able to pull this one off too.
Well he scored a century in the last world cup as well. Kohli has the burden of the whole team on his young shoulders but it seems that he likes to carry the team forward. If India is going to win this world cup they will definitely be needing a very good amount of performances from this young maestro.
Kohli has been to Australia and New Zealand before as well and he has played some memorable knocks there. The most memorable and entertaining of them all will be the one against Sri Lanka at Hobart, when India needed to chase down a target of 300+ in 40 overs or less, and guess what, Kohli did it.
Other than that Kohli also has scored a century in New Zealand in the tour at that start of 2014 and some other innings between 70-90. In that series clearly Kohli was the one who stood up to the alien conditions while the rest of the team faltered. And looking at this tour of Australia, the way Kohli has been scoring runs in the test matches, it clearly indicates his intentions for the world cup. Scoring 4 centuries in four tests in Australia is something very less players can and Kohli has done that and proved himself once again.
Lets talk about the match at adelaide, India vs Pakistan, the biggest encounter of cricket, during the world cup 2015. This man Virat Kohli came out on top, scoring a century against the arch rivals, carrying the team on his back , and batted through the innings – the quality of a world class player, thoroughly deserved to be the man of the match.
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