Virat Kohli

The struggle is escapable and learning to live with success after initial failures makes you one in a crowd like India’s poster-boy Virat Kohli. He’s brave and then he is brash but his batting juggernaut is miles ahead of its competitors in the modern-day batting lineup as he has overhauled and reinvented himself in 2016.

It can be simply understood by 833 points, which he jumped off while being in the 15th position just before the home Test Series against England.

As the illumination came from Kohli, it was pure box office stuff for cricketing audiences when he was on song to breaks records after records and smashed one team after another in the Indian Premier League while setting a significant landmark very early into his international career.

The Bradman of our generation, Kohli has had a tremendous Twenty20 season both in internationals as well as in the Indian Premiere League in 2016 and has shown remarkable batting abilities while having a high-level of consistency in all formats that has never been seen before.

That abhorrence for sumptuous Kohli during his early days of cricket when he seemed unkind in the field and equally on television – turned in to an unending love as he mastered the batting and batted for so long throughout his innings in all formats, making eventually the task equally tough for the bowlers and their fans while rounding off.

The illustrious Kohli has left an imprint throughout his international career on his colleagues, players and fans worldwide. He is a treat to watch while batting.

Kohli, who unfortunately had a torrid time against England in away Tests, had now clout his overall average to 36.35 against the same opposition (England) while scoring 727 runs in 23 innings of his 12 Test matches he has played so far against them.

His merry run against England includes two centuries and two half-centuries with the highest innings score off 167.

During the ongoing Test series, Delhi boy has amassed 405 runs in just six innings.

Kohli, who rose among the ranks very fast, has the staggering average of 101.25 in the home Test series so far against visitors, which also helped him secure No. 3 in the ICC Test rankings.

In 2014, in the five-match Test series in England he [Kohli] could score just 134 runs at an unhealthy average of 13.4. Throttling on, he managed to score two centuries against England at Nagpur in 2012, and at Vizag in 2016, out of his Test career’s 14 centuries. He has an overall career average of 48.28 in 51 Tests which includes 15 fifties as well.

Kohli, who’s known as the chase master among the cricketing community, has been one step ahead in the One-day Internationals. He had amassed 736 runs in 23 matches which include two centuries and three fifties against England with an overall average of 52.94 in his ODI career.

Forget about the stats against England and losing calmness in his early days of cricket, Kohli, is now mature enough batsman and in his prime form and has solidly worked on his techniques and fitness which made an impressive score in cricketing circles for India, before being followed by the grand milestones to earn the heaps of praises from all cricketing giants across the globe.

Beyond the precincts, give Kohli, the contemporary middle-order rudder a bat and throw a ball at him anywhere; he’ll play it like the collection of his favourite music.

Though Sunrisers Hyderabad did come out triumphant in the final of Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore to clinch their first title, but the season as a whole belonged to one individual and that’s Virat Kohli himself.

He looked a cut above the rest as he showed tremendous will power to take his team to the finals after they were in a precarious position having lost five games out of seven played in the Indian Premier League 2016.

Virat Kohli is a batsman with a midas touch this season [2016] as he became a worthy recipient of Orange Cap in the this edition of Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle has won it twice while David Warner won the orange cap last year [2015].

It was his performances against all the odds as he raised the bar for all batsmen in the league by scoring hundreds and fifties at a consistent rate to amass 973 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 152.

The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw Virat Kohli put on a spectacle with the bat, as he executed each shot in such a way that no fielding team could neither plan nor anticipate.

Last season saw familiar faces with likes of Kohli, Warner and de Villiers set the world alight with spectacular performances. Against the odds, Kohli bats for glory in modern batsmanship.

Virat Kohli completely overshadowed the likes of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle to break the record for most runs by a batsman in a season in the Indian Premier League.

Throughout in the post-production gear, Virat Kohli batting form gathered momentum in the mid-season and propelled his side to notch up consecutive victories.

He did slay opposition bowlers with fours and sixes and was remarkable in terms of finding gaps in the outfield to pick up regular boundaries. He stole the show with his batting performance by scoring centuries at a quick rate.

The first hundred came in just 63 balls against Gujarat Lions, while the second and third came in 56 and 53 balls respectively.

The last century was extraordinary feat as it was made in 47 balls in a 15 over game against Kings XI Punjab in a rain affected scenario.

Though his 54 runs in the finals could not help his side to win the Indian Premier League title but the season will be remembered for Virat Kohli’s batting prowess and his relentless run scoring spree.

His accomplishments in the Indian Premier League 2016 have been unparallel. Any kind of words fall short to describe his grand achievements as he slayed every opposition one season after another.

Kohli scored 973 runs in 16 games and scored four centuries and seven half-centuries at the staggering average of over 80. He also hit 38 sixes in this season of the Indian Premier League leaving behind the likes of Chris Gayle and David Warner.

He scored most runs in the season was an extraordinary achievement as the second batsman in the list was David Warner who scored 848 runs in 17 games.

It’s befitting to see Virat Kohli being awarded with man of the series trophy in the Indian Premier League 2016.

Kohli is a gem of a batsman, all set to become an enviable all-format captain and a splendid fielder who makes batting look ridiculously very simple while having every answer to demoralize the bowling attack of an opponent.

Since last eight years, like a flash – Kohli had written perfect script for the modern-day batsmanship while backing his temperament with staggering calculations of understanding the game that has been entrenched into his DNA alike his former captain and Ranchi lad Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Kohli’s treatment of pace battery and spinners in the all-formats is the advance notice of what he would do in upcoming fixtures for India.

Kohli, who’s going to drive the team to glory in the years to come, will also be remembered for his innate traits and being as the vital cog of Indian middle-order lineup before learning judiciously a game after another to the widespread approbation.

There are numerous adjectives in grammar that would fail to accolade his batting ability and that stature and grandeur of being the charismatic leader – even though he has a long way to go in the cricketing circuit to overhaul time and time again.

I feel the best I’ve in the store is; Play like Virat and lead like Kohli.

    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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