Well, he truly represents the modern day’s confident Indian cricketer. He is young, talented, bold, stylish aggressive but determined and mature at the same time. He has proved his worth in every format of the game. His fitness, technique and adaptability to quickly mould as per the demand of the occasion are par excellence. Once given the opportunity, he has displayed his captaincy skills very effectively. In terms of earnings, he is one of the top most athletes of the world. His excellent fielding and occasional bowling skills prove to be an added advantage. But what I personally adore is his extreme self esteem and pride, for which he is known for in the world of sports.
Yes, we are referring to vibrant Virat Kohli, who has scored his career best 169 runs today in the third test against Australia at MCG. With today’s splashing innings, he has already got 30 centuries to his credit at the age of 26. This includes 21 ODI centuries and 9 test centuries. Oh yes, I forgot to mention another quality – giving a befitted reply to any given provocation in a very fearless manner. Today he had given a demo of this in his press conference, saying he does not respect anyone who does not respect him.
In a scintillating performance, Virat Kohli supported Ajinkya Rahane (147) in a partnership that has thoroughly impressed former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.
Incidentally, Kohli put on 262 runs for the fourth wicket record partnership with Rahane in a wonderful display of batting skills. This prompted pacer Mitchell Johnson – who exchanged words with Kohli through the day – but the batsman let his bat do most of his talking.
Analyzing the situation correctly, Gavaskar said, “Every batsman has his own way of dealing with aggression. For Kohli, the sky is the limit and he has calmed down over the years in the manner in which he celebrates.”
Gavaskar definitely feels that despite hitting big with the bat on Sunday, Kohli still displayed occasional signs of vulnerability when he is attacked verbally.
The former legendry captain said, “I am not saying he needs to stop his aggression completely but he definitely needs to reign it in. When Johnson said a few words to him and he gave it back, Kohli did look a bit edgy in the next few balls.”
It is worthwhile to mention that barring the one error when the 26-year-old was dropped in the slips once, the batting was flawless.
Gavaskar had all the praise for both Rahane and Kohli who have always shown a willingness to learn and improve. He added, “Both players have always sought advise from seniors and looked to make the most of it. I remember when Kohli kept asking Sachin (Tendulkar) to help him improve and that’s a great sign.”
Despite the good show of their batting skills, Gavaskar surely feels the onus now lies on Indian bowlers to secure a win.
He concluded, “Our bowlers, especially (Ravichandran) Ashwin, need to come to the party now. It won’t be easy to trouble Aussie batsmen and the bowlers will have to give it their all in the next two days.”
On Monday, the Indian bowlers will have to ensure that the in-form Australian batsmen do not pile on the runs and to ensure that they should keep taking wickets at a regular interval, without giving away many runs, otherwise it will be very difficult to achieve even a drawn result for a little face saving.