The world has been abuzz with Virat Kohli’s flirtations with 50s and 60s and somehow they aren’t just happy to see the erstwhile Indian captain miss out on his 71st for more than 2 years now. Kohli is one of the finest batters of modern cricket and has managed to rack up staggering records that would leave the world in awe of him undoubtedly.
He still continues to stitch together stories of dominance where despite falling short of hos century, he is always coming out strongly at the bowlers, picking them one at a time, crafting strokes that would scream, elegance, class and aggression.
Virat Kohli has been the pinnacle of fitness as per the cricketing standards
He is a born leader and the innate abilities that he comes with defines him as one of the best to have graced the sport. It is only because of his existence that the transition from MS to Rohit was a smooth one. With the bat or in the field, as a player or as a captain, Kohli has inculcated his teammates with an exotic brand of aggression, that is otherwise very rare to witness.
However, his recent woes that has seen him falling short of the hallowed figures has made the fans question his stature. Every nick to the off-side has been followed by a deafening clout to Kohli’s gut. The fans have been relentless while the media has simply chosen to pinpoint all the fiascos of Virat and compile them to show how badly he has fallen from grace.
With all said and done, a match isn’t won on pen and paper and neither does catcalls and jeers define the route for an all-time great. Spanning from Sunil Gavaskar to AB de Villiers, the cricketing experts have sided with Kohli, quoting the fact that every athlete has a rough patch and despite Kohli’s average being close to 50, yet we all know that he is somehow stuck in a limbo of 40s and 50s, that can be a paradise for any batter in the world but with the kind of standards that he has set for himself, it somehow feels that he is slowly being consumed.
In a long list of experts backing Kohli to return to form, the latest addition was Paddy Upton, the current member of the Rajasthan Royals coaching staff heaped praises on Virat Kohli. In an interview to TOI, he was heard quoting, “Virat Kohli is still right at the top of his game and I am quite sure that we will see a hell lot more from him. He is certainly not done.”
With two World Cups coming up in two years, it is needless to say that Virat Kohli will be playing a crucial role in defining India’s fortunes. Even though he is falling short of centuries, yet the quality of cricket that he has played over the years, still conjures high hopes in the hearts of every Indian cricket fan, whenever he goes out to bat.