India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 19, 2012

The master of the chase

Virat Kohli's adaptability is a key strength that's helped him play such a critical role in helping India overhaul big totals
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"I really like playing on this ground," Virat Kohli had said earlier this week, after being named Man of the Match for his 108 against Sri Lanka. On Sunday, he added another compelling reason for him to love the Shere Bangla National Stadium. His 183 against a top-quality Pakistan attack, in a high-pressure match in front of a packed house, was his fourth hundred at the venue. It also orchestrated India's largest successful ODI pursuit, and underlined his credentials as a master of the chase.

From the early days of his international career, he has shown his excellence as a chase artist. His first ODI century came in a little-remembered series of the many against Sri Lanka in recent years, stabilising India after the early loss of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar before helping them power through to a target of 316 with seven wickets remaining. He did something similar, though to a smaller extent, in the biggest match of his career to date, the World Cup final.

Having made his debut in 2008, he was still struggling to stand out among the muddle of competitors for a middle-order spot in the Indian team till late 2010. That's when he conjured another of his now regular centuries after India had been set a large target, against Australia in Visakhapatnam. It kickstarted an extraordinarily fertile spell, and he hasn't missed a match since. The numbers he's stacking up are staggering: in 48 innings batting second, he averages 58.40 and has seven hundreds and 13 half-centuries.

Less than three weeks ago, Kohli masterminded a miraculous chase against Sri Lanka in Hobart, through an unbeaten 86-ball 133 in a crunch match. He had called it his best innings, but now, there's a new contender for that title.

Back in 2005, MS Dhoni had taken a step towards superstardom with a 183 of his own, against Sri Lanka in Jaipur. What that innings is most remembered for is the sustained brute-force hitting - Dhoni had clubbed 10 sixes in an innings that lasted 145 deliveries. Kohli's effort on Sunday consumed just three deliveries more, but didn't contain that kind of violence.

For a 15-over spell till the start of the batting Powerplay, Kohli didn't even hit a boundary, relying more on his favourite way of building through the middle overs - the risk-free single down the ground. The entire innings contained only one six, an effortless hit that crashed into the hoarding beyond extra cover. One of his trademark strokes, the whip off his pads to send the ball anywhere between backward square leg and midwicket, made a frequent appearance and fetched him a lot of boundaries.

Even as late as the 40th over, he was coasting along at little more than a run-a-ball. Only at that stage did Kohli unleash a boundary-barrage with which Pakistan's hopes completely evaporated. For the second time in a month, India had chased down 300-plus comfortably and they had hardly needed the services of Dhoni, the finest finisher in the game.

What makes Kohli so dangerous is the adaptability of his game, something which Dhoni has also developed over the years. He can be the quiet workhorse, picking off the singles through the middle overs, or unfurl a Twenty20-style boundary spree. The ability to effortlessly mould his game to the match situation and the cool head to deal with the ever-present pressure of the asking-rate have been critical to his second-innings successes.

The flexible playing style also makes him an ideal No. 3, capable of taking the baton after a cracking start or providing the ballast in case of early losses. "Batting at No.3 is a very important position for the team. I value my wicket much more now," he said after the match, on a day when his one-day average breached 50. "I know if I get set, get a good platform for myself, then I can score more and help the team. As I said earlier it is [about] taking the game as close as possible. If one guy is doing very well at the other end, then I play a different role."

Many are put off by his invective-laden century celebrations, of which there was one more display in Mirpur, and the tattoos and the bling, but after an ultra-successful year and a half, few will be questioning his expertise at pacing a chase, or his position among the leading one-day batsmen around.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 21, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Infact kohli has a get temperament and he has the ability to score runs in any format of the game ............his defence technique is perfect,he can comfortably hit the ball anywhere he wants,he picks up gaps very well,that's t the thing whicht seperates his talent and temperament than his other contendors. If he can make 183 in one-dayers with only one six,he is a perfect player for test...............he is young,can play test for next 2 decades and if his current batting form continues in same way,the records crafted by the maestro sachin may be in danger,in both the longer and shorter version of cricket...............indeed if he stays on crease for 2 days in tests,he can break the record of lara too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So,he is definitely the future of indian cricket and he miht be the captain of the tem too if he and his form remains fit.

  • on March 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    In my opinion he does not have the temparament in test cricket and also needs improvement in his technique (poking outside the off stumo and agnst short pitched delivaries )and so do many of the youngsters in the line up including Raina. Rohit.

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Kohli's reaction after getting century was not cool i guess ! that must be answered next time ! India did not win it was our poor bowling bad fielding and poor captaincy which let them chase 330 very bad !

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on March 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @karunk: Dhoni can't play well outside subcontinent? For gods sake, he was the man of the series in england and played very crucial knocks in Australia under pressure. Moreover he bats at no-6.

  • Shankk on March 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    rightly said by muski, kohli is the next ponting. sachin is far away from his reach. i would say him the best even if he reaches 75 hundreds in the world cricket. sachin deserves to be compared with sir don bradman,sir vivian richards , or brian lara ! and still if u dont judge sumone by his records, even sir don bradman shouldn't be considered great for his average of 99.94 !!!!!

  • Shankk on March 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    kohli is in the peak of his career. like everyone else in the world cricket. he should only be admired only if he has the same hunger for atleast next 10 years.

  • RameshSubramaniam on March 19, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I feel Pakistan bowling is very much over rated. I know Indian bowling is in pathetic state and not talking about that. But Pakistan bowling is not as good as it is portrayed. Ajmal is fantastic, no doubt about that. Cheema is ordinary. Afridi is nowhere near his best. He should remember he is an all rounder. Otherwise I am not sure whether he deserve his place. Umar Gul , definitely not consistent to be a lead bowler. Hafeez - It can work for sometime and not always. Pakistan is in cloud and they should come out of that and look at the reality. With two new balls, they need to find 3rd seamer. I do not want to see Pakistan like India or Srilanka, searching for good fast bowlers.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I fail to understand why the dislike towards Sachin. The only reason I could come up with is "ENVY" and nothing else. How can one not like Sachin is beyond me. With all that he has achieved and yet knows how to keep his feet on the ground is remarkable. He is a true team player and plays for the country contrary to what every one thinks. Cricket is a team game and cannot be won single handedly. India lost agnst BNG the other day coz of pathetic bowling. Even agnst PAK we were lucky that PAK did not score 375+. 20 or 30 more runs and we wd hv lost that game as well. @adnan_rifat84 , I am sure you are the first to be never impressed by any of the Indian batsmen. As everyone, you have the right to your opinion and i respect that but it is first I have ever heard anyone in the world comment like that. The standing ovation that Indian batsment like Sachin,Dravid get everywhere they go is a testimony agnst your opinions.

  • sirvivfan on March 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    If Pakistan wanted be sure of winning they should have chased...... That's would most sides do if they are playing in perfect batting conditions. No blame to bowlers the fact is Kohli batted brilliantly and carried on Pak batsmen did not.... Also difficult to set safe target on good batting surface. Ultimately Misbah rightfully has no confidence in Pak chasing in pressure games! Riaz

  • yusuf97 on March 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    kohli is the future of india .... a bright one

  • on March 21, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Infact kohli has a get temperament and he has the ability to score runs in any format of the game ............his defence technique is perfect,he can comfortably hit the ball anywhere he wants,he picks up gaps very well,that's t the thing whicht seperates his talent and temperament than his other contendors. If he can make 183 in one-dayers with only one six,he is a perfect player for test...............he is young,can play test for next 2 decades and if his current batting form continues in same way,the records crafted by the maestro sachin may be in danger,in both the longer and shorter version of cricket...............indeed if he stays on crease for 2 days in tests,he can break the record of lara too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So,he is definitely the future of indian cricket and he miht be the captain of the tem too if he and his form remains fit.

  • on March 20, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    In my opinion he does not have the temparament in test cricket and also needs improvement in his technique (poking outside the off stumo and agnst short pitched delivaries )and so do many of the youngsters in the line up including Raina. Rohit.

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Kohli's reaction after getting century was not cool i guess ! that must be answered next time ! India did not win it was our poor bowling bad fielding and poor captaincy which let them chase 330 very bad !

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on March 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    @karunk: Dhoni can't play well outside subcontinent? For gods sake, he was the man of the series in england and played very crucial knocks in Australia under pressure. Moreover he bats at no-6.

  • Shankk on March 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    rightly said by muski, kohli is the next ponting. sachin is far away from his reach. i would say him the best even if he reaches 75 hundreds in the world cricket. sachin deserves to be compared with sir don bradman,sir vivian richards , or brian lara ! and still if u dont judge sumone by his records, even sir don bradman shouldn't be considered great for his average of 99.94 !!!!!

  • Shankk on March 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    kohli is in the peak of his career. like everyone else in the world cricket. he should only be admired only if he has the same hunger for atleast next 10 years.

  • RameshSubramaniam on March 19, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    I feel Pakistan bowling is very much over rated. I know Indian bowling is in pathetic state and not talking about that. But Pakistan bowling is not as good as it is portrayed. Ajmal is fantastic, no doubt about that. Cheema is ordinary. Afridi is nowhere near his best. He should remember he is an all rounder. Otherwise I am not sure whether he deserve his place. Umar Gul , definitely not consistent to be a lead bowler. Hafeez - It can work for sometime and not always. Pakistan is in cloud and they should come out of that and look at the reality. With two new balls, they need to find 3rd seamer. I do not want to see Pakistan like India or Srilanka, searching for good fast bowlers.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 19, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    I fail to understand why the dislike towards Sachin. The only reason I could come up with is "ENVY" and nothing else. How can one not like Sachin is beyond me. With all that he has achieved and yet knows how to keep his feet on the ground is remarkable. He is a true team player and plays for the country contrary to what every one thinks. Cricket is a team game and cannot be won single handedly. India lost agnst BNG the other day coz of pathetic bowling. Even agnst PAK we were lucky that PAK did not score 375+. 20 or 30 more runs and we wd hv lost that game as well. @adnan_rifat84 , I am sure you are the first to be never impressed by any of the Indian batsmen. As everyone, you have the right to your opinion and i respect that but it is first I have ever heard anyone in the world comment like that. The standing ovation that Indian batsment like Sachin,Dravid get everywhere they go is a testimony agnst your opinions.

  • sirvivfan on March 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    If Pakistan wanted be sure of winning they should have chased...... That's would most sides do if they are playing in perfect batting conditions. No blame to bowlers the fact is Kohli batted brilliantly and carried on Pak batsmen did not.... Also difficult to set safe target on good batting surface. Ultimately Misbah rightfully has no confidence in Pak chasing in pressure games! Riaz

  • yusuf97 on March 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    kohli is the future of india .... a bright one

  • CricEshwar on March 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Kohli has all the talent to become a great player. Hope he will have the hunger like SRT to achieve what he can.

  • StatisticsRocks on March 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Before we make KOHLI the next SRT, which I don't understand why we need to and if only we can stop comparing, Kohli to me has still to prove he is a test batsmen not only in India but outside of India as well. In my opinion he does not have the temparament in test cricket and also needs improvement in his technique (poking outside the off stumo and agnst short pitched delivaries )and so do many of the youngsters in the line up including Raina. Rohit. Most importantly these young players need to learn to be humble like Dravid and SRT. Lets stop anointing Kohli to the crown as the next best thing India has ever produced and let him grow and mature into a fine batsmen in all forms of the game.

  • adnan_rifat84 on March 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I am never impressed with any Indian batsman not even Sachin but the way I saw kohli's batting his stamina was great he was not even breathing heavy, where I often see other players get tired after making centuries, but he was fresh till the last ball he got out. Umar Akmal must learn some lesson from Kohli. U.Akmal just made 28 runs and was taking breath like he need oxygen and had played a long innings. WELL DONE kohli my predictions you will score more than Sachin and even more centuries then him and you will be the world's 2nd batsman to make 100's 100.

  • zico123 on March 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    amid all compliments and hype around him, Kohli has to stay hunble, can't let his head go big, should keep his head on his shoulder, and should tell himself that he has in him to be the best ODI and Test player of the world, it is up to him if he wants to rewrite record books, it is how badly he wants it, all the best Kohli.

  • sweetspot on March 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Yes, Kohli's innings was fantastic, but let's not forget Pakistan's opening pair - they played fantastic cricket too, with an amazingly consistent scoring rate, sustained for such a long time. Lovely cricketing shots. But it looks like scoring two centuries against India is a sureshot way of losing to them! Ask the Lankans! Also let's not forget Suresh Raina - poor chap hardly ever gets a chance to bat a long innings, and still has an average of 35 with that crazy strike rate around 90. Nice to see him so used to short balls now that he can pull length balls for six!

  • cram2jam on March 19, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Kohli adds courage to technique,youth,competitive spirit and adaptability. With his T20 style batting style in ODIs, the once rare 300+ scores will become the norm. Kohli-Rohit sharma combination reminds me of Gavaskar-Viswanath in their heydays. Just strengthen the indian bowling, and you will see them at No1 again

  • gpindian on March 19, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    The writer made a brief comparison of one innings of Dhoni and Kohli, where similar results came through contrasting styles. People got into analyzing it way too much. And they forget that Dhoni is a wicket-keeper, who's doing the extra job of providing reliability to the batting, while Kohli is a specialist batsman - both having an average of around 50.

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Mushfiq ur Rahim & others with a point of view about Indian bowling (including yours truly, who had been sharing the same view) --- Pl note the run rate conceded by the pacers from both sides.This is from PAK: Gul: 7.35 Cheema:7.50 & Wahab: 12.50. Now this is from INDIA: Praveen:7.70, Irfan:6.90, Dinda:5.87. The moral of the story: Irfan & Dinda should be given more chances to build their confidence... or, prove that they don't deserve to be in the team. PERSIST for a while, before deciding to cast aside or not!

  • dh.aswani on March 19, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Don't Understand,,,many people blaming SRT for being Selfish for his records and losing game,,, but they should realise bcz of his Contribution to indian team and Cricket, tdy we hv players like VK,Raina,Yuvi, who probably hv chosen this career like Sachin did once he saw Kapil Dev LIfting 1983 WC Trophy,, don't blame him bcz when he was playing fr indian 1989-2002/2004, he didn't hv batting support / game finishers like he has in Current ODI team.

    as far Bangladesh game is concerned and many critics are that his 100th ton came in slow Strike rate or losing more balls, which probably was the reason losing against BD,,, but the truth 1) it was BD Batsmen whose Couragious and Brilliant batting win them game 2) iNdian Bowling is 2 point out fingure to

  • ravi_hari on March 19, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Kohli has grown up quickly from his under 19 days to seal a permanent place in the XI. He had stiff competition from Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit and Sachin, Viru and Gambhir. Injuries to Yuvraj, indifferent form of Raina and Rohit has helped Kohli get enough chances to show his prowess. He was playing some small cameos until he got a chance to show what he is made of. Today, even a Mike Hussey will not be as consistant in chases as Kohli. While Dhoni is ruthless, Kohli is finesse written allover. He starts off like Azhar and Jadeja picking the 1s & 2s and slowly dominates the bowling. Before you realise what is going on he is close to the 50 mark. It is not easy to contain such a batsman who can take singles when the field is spread out and can go over the top if they try to restrict the 1s. Added to this his ability to run fast helps him convert 1s to 2s and frustrate the fielding side. He seems very focussed when batting and should continue in the same vein upto atleast the next world cup.

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    great batting. really enjoyed it.vk maintained the momentum.rohit could have accelerated a bit earlier

  • stormy16 on March 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    What a star this guy is and it amazes me that India have only now got him in to the test side while so many others have had test opportunities before and failed. At 23 he is surely going to break all one day records and if India got him in to the test side earlier, he could already be an established test bat. His technique is near perfect and has the amazing capability to hit orthodox boundaries when required. Else he is all about smooth technical run making seldom troubled by pace or spin. When I first say him in the IPL my first reaction was this is the next top gun of the Indian batting order (tests) but for some reason he didnt get a chance. He made a great hundred in Aus and is now surely a contender for Dravid's #3 test spot. He was unlucky to not to win the one day players of the year award last year (thanks to Amla's purple patch) but is surely one of the best in the world.

  • on March 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Ravindran...Good article but, its unfair comparing Kohli with Dhoni. Kohli has the alround batting techniques where as Dhoni has limited techniques with brute power. Rather I could see a 'Ponting' playing for India !! In this match, I could see Sachin Tandulker and Ricky Ponting batting for India against Pakistan. same intensity, same aggesiveness, same style. All over the world, a jealousy shadowing on Sachin's achivements or they are just bored with seeing him for so many years...but for sure, Billions people, who like and understand Cricket, must have priviledged to witness the great show of batting partnership between Sachin and Ricky-Junior !

  • on March 19, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    i am from Pakistan. Kohli is great batsmen. He is much ahead from Tendulkar due to two qualities. !) he plays for country, not for his records 2) He is best while chasing the targets like Dravid/Inzimam/Hashim amla. He is really star:-)

  • Harding119 on March 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Kholi is the ideal foil for Ganguly & Dravid. Seems to have the aggressive attitude of Ganguly and the ability to stick around long enough. The "Fight for Survival" seems to be the motivating factor in the recent matches for India. Kholi specially. Need to show this consistency over the period of time and not let the heat cool down. Botham was one such character who fought big when England were with their backs to the wall. Having come through the ranks Kholi has nothing to prove, his credentials are there for you to see. What happened to the rest of the under19 & 21 players? Are there not a few around in a population of 1bn?

  • on March 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    The gretest partnership sachin & virat that why INDIA Achive target

  • csowmi7 on March 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Virat Kohli seems to be a perfect mix of Ganguly and Tendulkar. He has the aggressive and never say die attitude of Ganguly yet he has the shot making and balance of Tendulkar. The way he plays those leg side yorkers is :O. Easily the best player of the yorker in the game at the moment. But he tends to mistime the pull shot once in a while and should learn it from Rohit Sharma who plays the pull shot with disdain. Needs to convert this form in test cricket when India tours abroad. The shining hope of a billion fans.

  • Karunk on March 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Author has compared Kohl's game with early days of Dhoni (2005-08). But there is sea of difference between the two. Virat is a proper batsman with strokes all around the wicket. Dhoni is a limited batsman with brute power. He excels in helicopter and other premeditated shots. Virat has the technique to adapt and play on any sort of wicket whereas Dhoni with his limited technique can prosper only in subcontinent. Dhoni struggles to defend and survive good balls whereas Virat can defend and as well score against good balls. Best part of Virat is he does not give up. He fights and tries to overcome the challenge. Dhoni wants to fight but does not have the right technique and skills to survive and overcome the challenge, on good seaming wickets. Dhoni gets out to good moving and seaming balls by hanging his bat out and looks very naïve while getting out. Current Virat can be compared to only Ricky Ponting in his hey days.

  • on March 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    is a such beter bastman in a cricket world

  • HaroonAfaq on March 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    I am from Pakistan, but really VK is one of the Best Young player I have seen. His attitude, his technique his copybook style, his concentration, determination and application are mind blowing. I must say he is looking better than SRT when he was playing his initial Cricket. Love you VK, hope you will score 100 international 100s.

  • Thyagu5432 on March 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    3 years 11 centuries! Cant imagine where this guy will be when he reaches his retirement. Has the potential to break all Sachin's records easily. Mind boggling!

  • ali00 on March 19, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Congratulation to Virat Kohli on his highest score in his ODI career and hats off and he will be another Rahul Dravid anda really good performence by Young Kohli

  • on March 19, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    kohli proved that he is made to chase bigger targets,amazing talent he is the future of Indian cricket

  • on March 19, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    if kohli plays with same form he will beat all records made by sachin without anydoubt.hope dhoni wont mess up with kohli's position in theteam

  • hellraiser9 on March 19, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Virat kohli is U-19 WC winning captain for India. And then important member of 2011 WC. His average has crossed 50 now with 11 centuries in 85 matches. He is also fastest to reach 3000 runs now on 3500 runs. These are amazing statistics which are usually associated with Tendulkar. Kohli is in his own league. He is brash, hot tempered and yet he can have a calmness to his batting. He is also a terrific fielder and handy bowler. If dhoni uses his bowling talent then I am sure Kohli is another MULTI-DIMENSIONAL cricketer like Sachin, Dhoni, etc. There is ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON WITH Rohit Sharma. There is HUGE difference. Rohit sharma on the other hand flatters to deceive. He has been given ample opportunities. He will play once in a blue moon. Never consistent. Throws away his wicket. misses catches though a good fielder. Always gets out to lazy shots. Very irresponsible even after playing 80 matches. Rohit has to learn a lot from Virat kohli from sidelines.

  • on March 19, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    best team in the world is austrilia

  • Mr.Shrek on March 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    I was not a fan of Kohli - simply because of his arrogance and the now so clear self adulation (his watching himself on the big screens on the grounds after each and every ball). But I must admit, he is some talent. But it would be a shame if the nurturers of Indian future cricket would not realise this and try to put a curb to this boyish boorism that is so inhabitant in Kohli, it would be wise if they advised him to channel all this extra energy in a more resourceful manner of his batting rather than on field guesticalations and antics. But for now I must say he is just great for the sagging image of Indian cricket, we can confidently say we have found someone to look up to when the likes of Tendulkar and company have left the Indian cricket scene. Buckle up Kohli, time to play a Good boy - now.

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    The most important aspect about Kohli is that he is a very agressive individual, which makes him think positive and go for a win at all times- something whcih will make him a good test match captain a la Saurav Ganguly who had similar traits. The fact that he has a better allround game than Saurav did will only help him. He is India's very own Ricky Ponting in the making. Mark my words, Kohli will shatter Ponting's records one day. he might not be able to overtake Tendulkar, but if he manages to do what Ponting has done, he would be ensuring that Indian batting has the stability it requires in tests too.

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    My Asia XI - Hafeez (spinner), Tendulkar, Kohli, Sangakkara/Jayawardhane, Shakib (spinner), Afridi (spinner), Dhoni (Wk & C), Angelo Matthews (medium pace), Ajmal (spinner), Umar Gul (pace), Malinga (pace).

  • ansram on March 19, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Undoubtly the most valuable player in the team now.

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Good article bad picture...gosh he looks constipated

  • SABP on March 19, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Hi to all this is my first comment.....

    I think the future of indian batting is very bright with lots of talented batsmen and virat kohli in the way of becoming the next great he is a class most important thing is he knows the situation very well and according to that he build his inning. But as kohli said he is a big fan of ROHIT SHARMA im also a big of him he is the most talanted batsmen in indian side he is a class batsmen and he makes batting so simple and easy . But the problem with ROHIT he is not consistant and he mostly throws his wicket away that time i feel very bad.

  • SubsB on March 19, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Dhoni should tell that he finished the match in the 48th over...hopefully Gambhir should get it else replace Gambhir with Ajinkya Rahane

  • sneeky55 on March 19, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    The way he's going, I'm surprised there isn't a temple in India worshipping Kohli!

  • priceless1 on March 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    maan if this guy plays for another 15 yers he will definitly brake all the batting records .

  • sabee66 on March 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Miss you Kohli in Bengladesh match.....lol

  • Anoop_KV on March 19, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @spinkingKK, His wild celebrations and emotional outbursts shows there is a mixture of Ganguly too...

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Virat gonna be the successor of all great indian batsmen so faar ; gavaskar-Tendulkar -Dravid-Laxman-Ganuly -Sehwag and eevry1 ! Now every oppisition bowler will hav nightmares with his name ! Well done ; just keep it up!

  • muski on March 19, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    He is the next Ponting of world cricket.His aggressive nature is inbuilt in him and it cannot be changed. Let him be what he is. As long as he delivers these outstanding innings, people have to only sit and watch in disbelief. There is no question of him losing his ground like a Kambli. He is too smart a guy for that. We hope and pray that he inspires the like of Rohit Sharma, Raina and Manoj Tiwary so that we can look forward to a solid middle order in the years to come

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on March 19, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Kohli seems to have shown enough to don the mantle of India's next numero uno batsman - that he can only get better from here on in is an onimous sign for the opposition. His aggro, expletive-ridden celebrations et al are a package deal, the guy's barely 23 so cut him a bit of slack. What is fascinating is his cool under pressure and bringing to nought all that talk about 'scoreboard pressure'. May he serve India long and well - I for one will revel in each of his match-winning innings.

  • annys on March 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Just imagine the demand for Saeed Ajmal if he was allowed to play in IPL :))))))))

  • on March 19, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    unbelievable display of batting frm Kohli,,,,,,i dun think another batsmen in the world could hav done tht,,,,im hardcore Pakistani n all the time i wanted Pak to win,,,,,but i cant stop myself fr saying tht Kohli was JUST TOO GOOD,,,,,i luved the way he played,,,,, Congrats to India....

  • on March 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    well played Virat Kholi :)

  • spinkingKK on March 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Kohli is a mixture of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar in one package. He can play and occupy crease like Dravid by putting the mind over the matter. Like Tendulkar, he can improvise and hit the boundaries when the bowling is tough. Like Laxman, he is wristy and has got a cool head in chases. But, like Kohli, he is a very good outfielder and very good thinker of the game.

  • dganger on March 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    The way this guy is playing with astonishing consistency he is setting a new benchmark for the game. Hats off

  • CricIndia208 on March 19, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Congratulations World Champions India. The best team in the world.

  • indusfan on March 19, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Yes, we have found two raw gems in form of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Hope they get and learn to get polished properly so that their real value becomes evident in coming years for India.

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  • indusfan on March 19, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Yes, we have found two raw gems in form of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Hope they get and learn to get polished properly so that their real value becomes evident in coming years for India.

  • CricIndia208 on March 19, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Congratulations World Champions India. The best team in the world.

  • dganger on March 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    The way this guy is playing with astonishing consistency he is setting a new benchmark for the game. Hats off

  • spinkingKK on March 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Kohli is a mixture of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar in one package. He can play and occupy crease like Dravid by putting the mind over the matter. Like Tendulkar, he can improvise and hit the boundaries when the bowling is tough. Like Laxman, he is wristy and has got a cool head in chases. But, like Kohli, he is a very good outfielder and very good thinker of the game.

  • on March 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    well played Virat Kholi :)

  • on March 19, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    unbelievable display of batting frm Kohli,,,,,,i dun think another batsmen in the world could hav done tht,,,,im hardcore Pakistani n all the time i wanted Pak to win,,,,,but i cant stop myself fr saying tht Kohli was JUST TOO GOOD,,,,,i luved the way he played,,,,, Congrats to India....

  • annys on March 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Just imagine the demand for Saeed Ajmal if he was allowed to play in IPL :))))))))

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on March 19, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Kohli seems to have shown enough to don the mantle of India's next numero uno batsman - that he can only get better from here on in is an onimous sign for the opposition. His aggro, expletive-ridden celebrations et al are a package deal, the guy's barely 23 so cut him a bit of slack. What is fascinating is his cool under pressure and bringing to nought all that talk about 'scoreboard pressure'. May he serve India long and well - I for one will revel in each of his match-winning innings.

  • muski on March 19, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    He is the next Ponting of world cricket.His aggressive nature is inbuilt in him and it cannot be changed. Let him be what he is. As long as he delivers these outstanding innings, people have to only sit and watch in disbelief. There is no question of him losing his ground like a Kambli. He is too smart a guy for that. We hope and pray that he inspires the like of Rohit Sharma, Raina and Manoj Tiwary so that we can look forward to a solid middle order in the years to come

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Virat gonna be the successor of all great indian batsmen so faar ; gavaskar-Tendulkar -Dravid-Laxman-Ganuly -Sehwag and eevry1 ! Now every oppisition bowler will hav nightmares with his name ! Well done ; just keep it up!