If the year 2016 could be described by a name, that would surely be Virat Kohli. Kohli has become the biggest batting icon and after his exploits this year, there is absolutely no hindrance in confirming that he is the best batsman around by a mile. Kohli has set astonishing benchmarks this year with his unadulterated class.
The most convincing aspect about Kohli has been that the benchmarks which he sets are just stimulating factors for him, and he soon ends up outclassing his own magic. A clear instance of that has been his performance in the IPL this season. Kohli went into the tournament without having a T20 ton. The tournament isn’t even over yet, and he already has 3 tons! Now that is something simply out of this world!
After his fantastic knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli opened up on his batting and a few more factors. When asked about his peak form, Kohli had a very diplomatic response. “I don’t know if I have reached my peak yet. It just feels that I have just started in the last couple of months. Coaches including in IPL ask me regularly whether I have hit a peak or not. All I can say is that I have been hitting the ball better than I have ever but I know this phase can’t be taken for granted,” said Kohli.
Kohli said that he was “embarrassed” to be compared with all-time batting great Sachin Tendulkar. “It is embarrassing, to be honest. It is not fair to him (Tendulkar). He can’t be compared to anyone. You are talking about a batsman of a different caliber. I have strengthened my game whereas he was born to achieve all that he has. I have been playing well for two years while he served the nation with grace for 24 years. He is two levels above anyone else in this generation of batsmen. I am individually inspired by him though I would like to create my own path,” said Kohli.
Saying that he wants to grow as a person, India’s test skipper said, “My only aim in life is to grow as a person. You are a cricket professional but the other aspects of life are equally important. I want to be a monk living in a civil world. On the field by the time I finish, I hope I have made a difference to the sport and Indian cricket.”
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