Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Virat Kohli- The Rising Star of Indian Cricket

India have won the ODI Series against Srilanka. 4th ODI started with Srilanka getting off to a good start and then they lost wickets at crucial intervals.Manoj Tiwary who finally got a chance in this match bowled really well and got 4 wickets. India had to chase 252 and when India started to chase, Gautam Gambhir got out 1st Ball and then Sehwag also departed quickly. Then came in the Man who has been in splendid touch with the bat in one day internationals he has played in the recent past and the man is none other than VIRAT KOHLI.

Virat Kohli- To describe him in one word is impossible. He is stylish, elegant and most importantly a brilliant striker of the ball. Whenever India is chasing and there is pressure, Virat kohli comes out with flying colors. When he first burst into the international arena he had already been the captain of the Indian team which won the U-19 World Cup in 2008. He was soon selected in the Indian team and made his ODI debut on 18th August 2008 vs Srilanka.There was also so much talk about his attitude. Many rumours also came out about him that he doesn't behave properly and is not interested in doing batting practice.  So inspite of all those things surrounding him he kept improving on his game and i think a lot of credit goes to his self belief. He scored his 1st Century vs Srilanka on 24th december 2009. The match situation was not good when he came to bat in this match,Indians were 2 down and chasing a mammoth total of 316. He got involved in a good partnership with Gambhir and made India win that game by 7 wickets. At that time also he showed that he is ready to face any situation and he is not the one who will crumble under pressure.

2 years and 7 months have gone by from the day he scored his 1st century. Now he has 13 centuries from 88 ODI matches. He was also the part of the Indian team which won the 2011 world cup. He played a very crucial role in the world cup final by making a good partnership with gambhir. Whenever Virat Kohli comes into bat and he gets settled,he always goes on to score a 100. Virat Kohli's ability to regularly convert those 50's into 100's clearly shows his good temperament. He uses his crease very well and that's why he plays malinga with confidence. He has all the shots in his kitty from leaning copybook cover drives to stylish pull shot.

Some people might say that he has scored most of his centuries in sub-continent but no one can forget the excellent 100 he scored in a test match vs Australia at Adelaide Oval earlier this year. Indian team performed poorly on that Tour and Virat kohli was the only man to score a century for India in that Test Series. He reads the game very well and plays according to the situation. He also tries to finish the game quickly when the target is within reach which transfers the pressure to the opposite team.

Indian team has always been benefited by the centuries of Virat Kohli. Out of 13 matches in which Virat has scored a century India have won 12 of those matches. Virat Kohli is also getting matuered by showing controlled aggression and as we see now a days he is doing a very mild celebration whenever he scores a century. He is also a very good fielder which strengthens the Indian team more. With all his latest achievements Virat Kohli is definetly the RISING STAR OF INDIAN CRICKET.

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