Now there is no doubt amongst experts that Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world in his age group and there is no reason to disagree. His form has been consistent for over 4 years in all formats of the cricket proves that he is the future of Indian cricket team.
He is making runs on T20 format limited over cricket matches as well as in test matches. He is the key person in Indian cricket team for making the team a great come back after a disappointing Run post the 2011 world cup victory.
He has outstanding performance of One Day Internationals (ODIs), there are 15 centuries in his name from only 113 matches. His batting average is also brilliant with close to 50. This kind of performance compares to international stars like Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Pointing.
Though comparison with above may be too early and he has show such brilliant performance of he wants to be compared with them. He has given every indication that intends to do that. We all know his passion for cricket, he loves to compete, loves to win and loves to attention and rewards that success has brought him.
Ever since he lead India to victory in the under 19 World Cup in 2008, Kohli was identified as a future star and captain. In the 5 year since he hit a rocky patch for a while losing his equanimity and focus in the first flush of fame he received, but recovered in the time to live up to his early promise.
He does not have a copybook technique what with a dominant bottom hand. But he has shown the Intelligence and adaptability to succeed at the highest level. Most important perhaps is his mental toughness. He does not fear any opponent or situation, in fact he revels in a crisis.
Kohli has cemented his place in the test team and the back of several crucial knocks in the 2012-13 season and is arguably now the most resourceful Indian cricketer in every format after Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As a part-time bowler he can be relied on to break partnership and to that his brilliant fielding add his value is enhanced manifold.
Even as youngster, he has shown in strong leadership qualities and is now tipped to take over the captaincy from Dhoni. In the few opportunities he has got to lead the team he has shown good grip over tactics and fellow player motivation.
There are some critics who thought Kohli’s overt aggression would work against of convivial dressing room apart from rubbing opponents and others the wrong way. But he has matured rapidly without compromising and playing the game hard.
Only 25 years old, Kohli is a vibrant metaphor of an Indian team that has undergone a makeover in the past couple of years. His youthfulness, energy and motivation define the new age Indian cricket.