Cover drive: VIRAT KOHLI

May it be against England, Australia Or Bangladesh, each time when this Middle order, right handed batsman and right arm medium bowler, is on field the match is spectacular with indeed an undying hope of saying a record is either made or history is refreshed.

Yes folks, it’s our own Skipper of Men in Blue, Virat Kohli we are talking about.

A typical modern-day cricketer, Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively, bares his emotions loudly in public, yet retains the element of maturity that forms an integral part of every good and great player.

Anil Kumble once said that he had thought hard before calling Kohli the best under-22 player in international cricket – that would rate as perhaps the best compliments he has received. It is also proof of Kohli’s transformation as a player.

Starting his International Test Cricket career against West Indies at Kingston in june2011 in test, Kohli has never looked back.

Kohli’s 204 run innings in Hyderabad was the fourth time in consecutive Test series that he posted a double century, passing over previous record of three held by Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid.

Kohli now averages 68 from 23 Tests as India’s skipper, including nine hundreds, drawing level with Azharuddin’s mark of nine centuries from 47 Tests as skipper.

There’s only one skipper who’s ahead of Kohli. Gavaskar is way ahead of Kohli in terms of centuries by an Indian skipper, the former opener has notching 11 tons in 47 Tests in charge.

But the older pairs are in great doubt that he would surpass them with time as earnest to be a legend of all times in Indian Cricket.

In an interview Gavasker told “He’s a great in my book”.” I think he’s on his way to becoming a legend.” “The way he’s batting, he’s going to rewrite the whole record book.” “Most of the batting records, if not all of the batting records, are going to be his the way he’s going about scoring runs and scoring big runs in all forms of the game.”

Azharuddin also has the same view. After scoring 22 centuries in 99 Tests for India, agreed that most batting records were well within reach of this man whose thirst for runs seems unquenchable.

Record Machine

Kohli’s double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England (all last year) and now Bangladesh are his first in Test cricket having previously passed 150 just twice in his career.

Of his nine centuries he has scored as captain, seven have been scores of 140 or more, while just one of his seven centuries he posted when he wasn’t been captain topped the 120 mark.

The skipper is fully aware of these records and says, he has made conscious efforts in getting all these centuries and turning them to a match winning performances.

Gavaskar said the Australians had every right to be fearful of the Indian superstar as they seek to reverse their poor recent record in the subcontinent over the coming weeks.

“Four double hundreds in four consecutive series against four different oppositions and there’s still Australia to come,” Gavaskar said.

And in an ominous warning for Australia’s bowlers, Gavaskar added “the mind just boggles” when he thinks about what Kohli could do against the Aussies in their upcoming four-Test series.

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