In the era, of excessive advertising, we’ve all come across that archetypal transformation. The before and after pictures of a morbidly obese man and his transformation into a male model with square jawlines, or a middle-aged man who has metamorphosed in o a fashion icon.
For the Indian cricket aficionado, the extended cue started way back in 2008, when a dewy-eyed, zealous teenager by the name of Virat Kohli hit the headlines after leading the Indian side at the U-19 World Cup.
The teenager was fastracked into the senior ODI side as an opener replacing Sachin Tendulkar or Virender Sehwag – perhaps two of the most feared names in International Cricket at that time.
After a decade-long time lapse, we now see a leader of men with a full beard – the man whose more mature and contained then he was a decade ago, but with a familiar zeal and exuberance of youth.
Sometimes you’re just to close to the canvas to see the picture forming from a brash and fidgety youngster at the U-19 World Cup, to an all-conquering Test batsman causing Jimmy Anderson headaches in his own backyard, Virat Kohli has certainly left us gaping with his consistency and is well on his way to becoming an all-time great.
Furthermore, he has simply confounded is with a manifestation of a more subtle, and perhaps unexpected virtue – a willingness to accept his flaws and constantly improve on them, which is rather apt psychologically equivalent of his inside-the- line leave, the latest addition to his arsenal in his conquest for batting immortality.
Virat Kohli is no longer the fidgety teenager, anxious to prove himself. We’ve skipped ahead to the end of the time – lapse. The boy has now become a man, bereft of any latent insecurities about his place in the team. There are no doubts now. Not only does he belong to the international level, Virat Kohli : the batsman, has transcended into a league of his own – and a nation is thankful for it
Kohli has found a way to maximise the parameters of playing late, imparting power, and even recalibrating his line of vision to achieve never-before-seen standards of batting. That’s modern pizzazz leaking into the technique of a batting genius.
Kohli gives a head start to become the most perfect batsman of his era – the ability to conquer all conditions, and the fact that he no longer needs to be protected from the new ball by the top order.
Virat Kohli breached the 20,000 run mark in international cricket while India played West Indies in ICC Men Cricket World Cup 2019.
Now, King Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to reach 20,000 international runs. Kohli broke a long standing record held jointly by Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
Virat Kohli made his debut for India in 2010 and over the last few years, he has been the best batsman across formats. Kohli is the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs and has 6613 including 25 hundreds in 77 Tests and 2263 runs in 67 T20Is.
Virat Kohli, aka the run machine, is currently, without a shadow of a doubt, the best batsman in the world as he has been dominating every format of the game for more than five years he is simply remarkable.