Virat Kohli,in no time,has become the mainstay of Indian batting and one of the best No.3 in world cricket at the moment.
At 24,Virat Kohli has a very mature head on his young shoulders. Coming in at the No.3 position is not only about the skill with the bat,but a shrewd cricketing brain with the ability to read the situation and anchor the innings. Also read: Kohli makes it no-contest
Not only has he anchored the innings,but finished them with his trademark aggression and delightful strokeplay on both sides of the wicket. Kohli’s strokeplay,just like his approach to the game,is of his own. The slap-like cover drive,a well-balanced flick off the pads and the inside-out lofts over cover are indeed a visual treat. Also read: ‘Good to start with a win’
Kohli’s numbers speak volumes about his insatiable appetite for runs. 23 half-centuries and 15 hundreds reflect the conversion rate of starts. If he gets his eye in,the opposition can only wait before he throws his wicket away.
The Kohli fact box
Second fastest to 4,000 ODI runs
Fastest and youngest to 15 ODI tons (24 years and in 106 innings)
14 ODI hundreds in wins
10 ODI hundreds are away from home
9 ODI hundreds in winning chases
5 ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka