The early symptoms of greatness of Virat Kohli were apparent when India won 2008 U-19 World cup in Malaysia under his captaincy. He became regular member of Indian cricket team with his consistent performance and excellence. Being part of the squad that won World Cup 2011, by and by, he established himself as excellent player of the white ball. Over the time, he became recognized in the arena of Test cricket when he smashed test hundreds in 2013 in Australia and South Africa. Over the years, he has become one of the best batsman of his time and continues to do so in all forms of the game.
Virat Kohli, the name every cricket lover knows of, is not just a name but also a character in itself. Aggressive in nature of his play and attitude, brave in his decisions and actions, elegant in his playing style and moves, consistent in his performance and records, and expressive in his personality and nature, Virat Kohli has become favorite not only among cricket fans within India and but also outside India. With time and games, he has started to gain maturity which is apparent in his on field behavior and post-match presentation.
Martin Crowe, who is considered as New Zealand’s greatest Batsman, described Kohli as,
“In some ways this young giant is a combination of all those three, learning a bit from them all to shape his own unique creation. He is the next chosen one. He exudes the intensity of Rahul, the audacity of Virender, and the extraordinary range of Sachin. That doesn’t make him better, simply sui generis, his own unique kind.”
Needless to say, Virat Kohli has set his own standard in the ranks of cricket which many cricket analysts and commentators revere.
Now, he has led India to back to back series wins in ODIs and testsafter leading India to finals of ICC Champions trophy, which shows indication of what a leader he is. His form is evergreen as has been in the last half decade. And he is just 28. He obviously has a lot of cricket left in himself and hopefully he will contribute more and more in Indian as well as world cricket.