Being a hardcore cricket fan, I have seen a number of cricketers from different eras and different countries start and end their careers. Some in share brilliance and others, utter failures.
In India, great batsmen are often given god-like status. These include contemporary batting legends, such as Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, and the god of gods, Sachin Tendulkar.
One of the tendencies here is to query the replacement of a god-like cricketer at the end of his career. So, the retirement of the little master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, did not escape the question, except that the answer has always been no one, none can replace Tendulkar.
However, recently a Delhi-based youngster has popped up on the scene and has been in the news, provoking and promoting a lot of debates all over the sports media.
In the villages, the cry is eureka! We have found a man that is worthy to wear the crown! – Virat Kohli.
Born November 5, 1988, Virat Kholi is one of India’s brightest cricket stars. He is a middle-order batsman, who also bowls right arm medium pace. Now, if anybody can break the records of Sachin Tendulkar, then it is Virat Kohli. Even the master himself suggested that records are meant to be broken and Virat Kohli was among his picks who according to him has the potential enough to do that.
Virat Kohli is at the peak of his career right now and is ranked as the No.1 Batsman in ICC ODI rankings as of today. He has already gone past almost half the number of centuries scored by Tendulkar in the ODIs, and he’s just 25 years old.
He’s undoubtedly the Crown Prince of Indian cricket today. He exhibited potential since he won the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup for India in 2008.
However, no one thought that he would be the next superstar in India’s cricket to follow in the steps of stars such as Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
His current form and the number of cricketing years ahead of him makes it possible for him to break and set many, many records.
Already, he is the first Indian cricketer to score a century on World Cup debut, first Indian cricketer to score the fastest ODI century, scored 17 hundreds in ODI in just 112 innings, won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Player of the tournament Award, won the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, won the Peoples Choice Awards for Favorite Sports of the Year 2012, and won the Arjuna Award 2013.
Virat Kohli currently endorses the highest number of brands in India. These include Fair & Lovely, TVS Star bikes, Clinic All Clear, Celkon, Cinthol, Pepsi, Toyota, among many others.
He may not achieve the same status as Sachin Tendulkar or Sunil Gavaskar, but he will definitely be counted among India’s batting maestros.
Virat Kohli possesses everything that is required in the art of batting. Moreover, he is hungry for runs. Every time he walks out to bat and gets out, he curses himself whether he is out on zero or after scoring a century.
Hopefully, Virat Kohli will improve his stats in the Test matches and help India with its winning rate on overseas tours. He’s the future of Indian cricket and a true legend in the making.