Modern day cricket has changed the game around. It’s totally different from the way it was played 10-15 years ago. The innovative shots, the effortless fielding, the strategic bowling which is being practiced these days makes Cricket such an amazing sport to watch.
It has been 8 years now since a man came to the Indian cricket scene. 8 years are a long duration but when you look at Virat Kohli, it seems to appear like he has just started his career.
Virat shot into prominence as the Under-19 skipper, who led India to victory at the 2008 World Cup held in Malaysia. That accolade gained him instant recognition and made him an overnight teen sensation. Season after season he proved his mettle and made a strong hold in the Indian side with a string of consistent scores.
Quite an aggressive and chubby typical Delhi boy when he came to the scene, Virat has now turned into a fit, calm and composed man. And why would he not, after all he is the Test Captain of the Indian Cricket team now. Also I think he is the most stylish cricketer India has ever produced, not taking anything away from his brilliant technical cricketing skills, his never-say-die attitude, his I-hate-to-lose temperament and his charismatic talent.
You need to watch the episode of Comedy Nights With Kapil in which Virat was called as the guest, to know why I used the word ‘talent’ for this young man. He singing “jo vaada kiya vo nibhana padega” at an event and dancing on “Saree ke fall sa” with Sonakshi Sinha in Rohit Sharma’s sangeet ceremony were some of the short clips which went viral over social media.
He can dance, he can sing, he can be a good-looking model. Phew! Some guys are loaded with everything a man wishes or wants to be. I wonder how lucky Anushka Sharma is!
Who can forget his 86-balls 133* when India was in a spot of bother in the tri-series in Australia. His brilliant hitting against Lasith Malinga’s furious yorkers lead India to achieve a huge target in just 40 overs. Kohli’s rocking 183 against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012 was a fabulous innings too. 2016 has been a great year for him as he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament in the T20 world cup held earlier this year in India. His effortless run chase in the match against Australia was an unforgettable innings which he almost single-handedly won for India. He also scored 4 centuries this IPL season compiling close to 1000 runs. 4 CENTURIES IN AN IPL SEASON. Just wow!
Leading India to countless victories in run-chases, Virat just took over from where Sachin left. And many say that Sachin took over where Gavaskar left. So, it seems like a relay race of top quality batsmen that God has bestowed upon Indian cricket. I just hope that somewhere in India a successor of Virat Kohli takes birth.
YES, Virat is the next Sachin according to me and by the speed which he is going, he might even go past Sachin and shatter all the records.
While I write this, Virat has already completed his first ever double hundred in tests and he has become the only Indian captain to score 200 in tests overseas.