The 31-year-old Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has set a great example of consistency in batting, recently revealed how he gets ready to face the bowlers.
Virat Kohli is currently the no.1-ranked ODI batsman, no.2-ranked Test batsman and no.10-ranked T20I batsman. The right-handed batsman has maintained long time consistency in every format in international cricket as his batting average in every international format is over 50.
After his international debut in 2008, Kohli has scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests (average 53.62), 11867 runs in 248 ODI (average 59.33) and 2794 runs in 82 T20Is (average 50.80). While he is the sixth most run-scorer in ODI history, he is also the most run-scorer in T20I history. He is also India’s sixth most run-scorer in Test cricket history.
Kohli has hit 70 international centuries, which is the third most number of international centuries for a batsman. Only the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (100 centuries) and former Australian star Ricky Ponting (71 centuries) managed to hit more international centuries than Kohli.
I analyse everything about the bowler: Virat Kohli
During the recent episode of “Open nets with Mayank”, Kohli revealed his strategy to the Indian opening batsman Mayank Agarwal how he gets ready to face a bowler. The Indian captain analyses everything about the bowler by using his personal experiences.
Kohli said, “I analyse everything about the bowler. If he had bowled a certain kind of delivery what was his body language at that time, was something different from his run-up or something was different with his wrist. Is he holding the ball in a different way? I have done that many times.”
Just like the other batsmen, Kohli obviously feels very happy when he successfully reads the bowlers mind and manages to hit the delivery out of the park. But to reach that level, Kohli believes that the batsman must have to put the fear behind as focusing on the fear distracts the batsman from the bowler.
Kohli continued, “And that’s a very amazing feeling when the bowler bowls where you had thought and then you smash it out of the park. Also for that, you need to be aware of what might he bring. When you are too focused on your fears you cannot notice anything you are just worried about ‘out nhi hona’. But when you are ready the fear goes away and you think how can I make the use of what best in front of me to come on top in this situation.”
Virat Kohli has also maintained a similar image in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the right-handed batsman is the most run-scorer in IPL history after scoring 5412 runs in 177 matches (average 37.84; strike-rate 131.61), including five centuries and 36 fifties.