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Virat Kohli has the calibre to be a batting great in the future. Yet, he has also channelled his aggressive streak to be viewed as, hold Vimal Kumar and Prachi Pinglay-Plumber in Outlook, the future captain of the Indian team.
Named the ODI cricketer of the year just a fortnight earlier, Kohli drew oohs and aahs with his strokeplay in the game’s shortest version. Suddenly, from Pallekelle to Paschim Vihar, questions were being asked: are we looking at the next big thing in batting now that Sachin too has indicated he’s on his way out? And hey, could the boy who captained India to an Under-19 World Cup title not be M.S Dhoni’s replacement if push comes to shove before 2015? The safe answer for the first query is, “Perhaps, but it’s too early to say.” The not-so-safe answer for the second: “Oh yeah.”