Kohli toast of Indian cricket


(Valentine Wilson)

Virat Kohli showed his masterclass again.   It is his consisyency that has stood out  so prominently this time around in the ongoing World T20 Cup Championships being held in the country.  At the start of the mega event there were a lot of expectations from this aggressive batsman.  He has lived upto them with some outstanding performances, even when the other topnotch batters floundered.

What is interesting to note is that he was there till the finish against the formidable Australians.  With the runrate climbing all hopes of India making it receded.  But Kohli had other ideas.  He changed gears.  He was at his magical best as he plundered the Aussie attack and finally give his skipper Dhoni the chance to score the winning runs.

Kohli had shown his aggressive intent in the do or die match against arch rivals Pakistan.  He scored 55 and was there to  see India through along with Dhoni.  What is very evident about Kohli is the fact that there is tremendous improvement in his batting skills.  He is not afraid to take on the rival bowlers, be it pace or spin on ant kind of wicket as was seen in Kolkata and Bengaluru.  He is a supremely fit player.  His running between the wickets along with Dhoni was the key factor that helped India’s cause.

The thriller against Bangladesh had put the Indians mental strengths to an ultimate pressure test from which they came through stunningly.  The dramatic last gasp victory proved that the Indians were among the top favourite teams to win this big event.

Kohli has delivered so far. He richly deserves all the accolades that are flooding in from various prts of the cricketing world.   From Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar  to Graeme Smith Shane Warne to other former legendary cricketers have patted the batting sensation . Skipper Dhoni was all praise for the impressive way Kohli batted during his 51-ball 82.  An incredible innings, he said.  He has certainly a lot of potential and a lot more in store.  The way he has been batting has shown that he is cut out to reach many more milestones in his career.

Two more hurdles remains before India hope to carry the Cup  and surely Kohli must be in a more relaxed frame of mind  prepared to take on the responsibility of being one of the mainstays of India’s batting.  While the Indian fans are happy to see Kohli strike rich form, the rivals must be saying why this Kohli veri, Kohli veri di.