New Zealand v India, 1st ODI, Napier

Kohli continues piling on freakish numbers

If it is needed at the moment, Virat Kohli does it, and what he does is exactly what is needed at that moment

Abhishek Purohit in Napier

January 19, 2014

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Virat Kohli drives through the off side, New Zealand v India, 1st ODI, Napier, January 19, 2014
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To have talent is one thing. To have the ability to harness that talent is another. The combination is rare. But to have both, and convert the latter into an almost precise process, while still keeping the art of the former intact is surreal. Virat Kohli has mastered the art of one-day batting to the extent that the same template keeps playing on loop and hundreds are churned out wherever he goes.

He now has 18 of them in 119 innings. Only eight men are ahead of him on the all-time list. The fewest innings any of those eight played was 240 by Herschelle Gibbs, for 21 centuries. Kohli has played less than half of those. These numbers have acquired such a commanding presence of their own, that it is easy to forget another crucial figure, which takes these numbers close to ridiculous levels, if they already aren't there by themselves. Kohli is only 25.

At such a young age, Kohli has ODI centuries in all the nine countries he's played in, barring South Africa. The latest century, his first in New Zealand, came in his first innings in the country.

With barely any warm-up games, India batsmen usually take a couple of international matches to get used to the conditions on tours. They often try to go for their shots - their bowlers do not leave them any choice - only to perish. Four of their top six batsmen fell to the pull or the hook in Napier tonight.

But out came this young man, with a stride to the middle that has now started to reach the supreme confidence of a swagger. Having seen the first batsman mishit a pull straight to fine leg, he pulled his sixth delivery with so much assurance and power, in front of square, that the opposition's strike fast bowler was visibly stunned.

A 21-year old tearaway charged in and hurled it at 153 kph. That is extreme pace. That is supposed to make you flinch. If not flinch, you are at least supposed to appear uncertain, or nervous. Kohli moved forward with so much calm he could have been knocking it in the nets. A solid defensive push, and the ball sped to the straight boundary. INS Virat had laid anchor firmly at Napier and wasn't departing before another of those emotional celebrations.

"He is a free flowing batsman, backs himself to play big shots," MS Dhoni said. "At the same time, he knows what works for him. Picks and chooses his shots. If he gets a good start then he makes sure that he converts it, makes sure that he gets to fifty and then a big score. He crosses 100 more often than not which I think is very important, especially in this new rule, it is very important that one batsman bats throughout and the rest revolve around him. He has done that really well so far. Hopefully he will carry it as well."

Pick any aspect of Kohli's batting. The leave, the defence, the cut, the swat-flick, the whiplash drive, the steer. The accumulation of the singles, the placement of the much-needed boundary, the sudden acceleration in a batting Powerplay. If it is needed at the moment, he does it, and what he does is exactly what is needed at that moment.

And he does it with such intense precision it seems inevitable that whatever he does is bound to happen. And when it does, it is still so spectacular that you can only shake your head. Both at the thought that you were expecting it to happen, and that there, right in front of your eyes, it does. Over and over again. If a modern one-day batting machine were to be designed, they would have to take the knowhow from Kohli.

In a way, what Kohli has been managing to do over what is now a considerable period is a tightrope marathon. This was a boy who was dropped early, had issues with his lifestyle off the field, still has issues at times with his aggression on the field. But somehow, Kohli has let the fire within burn brighter and brighter and is yet to be even singed by it, let alone burnt. How much effort that must be taking out of him we can only imagine. Genius is by nature temperamental. Only the rarest of rare can temper it to become predictable. Just to drive home the sheer freakishness of it all, he is still only 25.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

Virat is overrated player.. sachin is a legend being a Indian do not disrespect Sachin's talent comparing to a such a mediocre player. He can only score to loose and his has huge attitude which will drag him to the floor soon.. Keep watching

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

He is one of the best... 18 centuries in 119 odd games is a lot.. If he plays like this then can cross tendulkars no of centuries.. I want to see him score more in tests as well... He is taking the place of tendulkar.. Once he is out ppl think game might be over but lucky we have Dhoni ad well.. I agree this post.. It's true...:)

Posted by Salmon89 on (January 23, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

@ Ahmad Uetian. Please check your facts before you post. Are you bagging Kohli or praising him? As per cricinfo's stats, Tendulkar's 18th ODI hundred was scored in Sept 1998 when he was 25 & 5 months & was in his 198th game.

Posted by mannan_ma on (January 21, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Well written piece, Mr. Purohit. I have followed cricket for over 35 years now. I have seen many talented players who unfortunately failed to convert that talent into huge results and records. Kohli is not amongst them, fortunately.He is simply that best young batsman in the world cricket today.He may not have the silken class of a Rohit sharma but he has a mountain of determination and will power like a Javed Miandad. I am sure he will go on to create new records.

Posted by sk123 on (January 21, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

@EdwinD - De Kock is good but he's yet to score 100s against a quality pace attack in their den. I'll be convinced if he scores against Eng/Australia. 3 of the 4 have come against India. Frankly those 100s don't really count ;)

Posted by gandabhai on (January 21, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Kohli reminds me of the great pakistani batsman Javed Miandad in his approach.Javed didn't take any nonsense from no one, just like Virat.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 21, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

As a Pakistani Supporter I am in awe of watching Kohli bat with such control aggression and intent. Simply wonderful to watch this guy bat. My only issue with him he gets carried away at times and is not respectful toward its opponents. he'll learn to be humble.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

at 25 Tendulkar had 25 ODI 100s to his name Kohli has 18 ...........Good going Kohli

Posted by aussieperthindian on (January 21, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Kholi was selfish??!! What rubbish-if it wasn't for him India would have lost by over 100 runs. He is a true fighter with talent and temprament. Wholly let down by most of his team mates particularly the pathetic Indian bowling line up spearheaded by the "fantastic" I. Sharma!!-all teams must wish they had someone like him in their team-NOT! A great batting side cannot compensate for a rubbish bowling attack, especially abroad. India will keep losing until the Sharmas and Raina are dropped. But Indian politics will rule and merit will continue to be ignored. Shame for those talents who will never get a chance-that's the Indian way-very frustrating for those of us who are fed up of commentators sarcastically saying" we beat the No.1 ODI side" knowing full well that India no longer deserves this status unless changes are made very very soon. Another frustrated fan who knows nothing will change-power and politics will rule!

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (January 21, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy: OMG, you've got to say that averages are not correct. well you better read my comment again. Kohli's century in Hobart is against SL not against Aus. If you read my comments, you'll learn how to find quality against quality pace attacks in pacy conditions. You better check the records of Sachin, Dravid and Ponting, before you say that Kohli is a combination of them. Are you being sarcastic about over-rated kohli or are you some kind of a kohli-worshipper. Be realistic. How can you justify a man's arrogant attitude merely just because he score runs (except pace against pacy conditions). I thought a rule of the nature is to be humble if you are success.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

SA can afford an orthodox player like AMLA in ODI bcz their bowling defends small totals.............But Ind cannot afford a slow orthodox player like pujara bcz Indian poor bowling leaks huge totals against all teams in all conditions resulting in demand of 6 7 or 8 run per over SR well beyond the reach of Pujara

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy ....................I have said that ironically, try to understand the theme of comment..............The point I have made is that Indian poor bowling is earning well above par totals against all teams making batsmen's great innings go in vain (and any inn that doesn't turn out to be match winning is generally perceived to be selfish)..............Any decent bowling side would have earned 250 in this match & consequently Kohli's 100 would have been match winning. Indian batters have to play all the time under excessive run rate pressure bcz of sub-standard Indian bowlers leaking at least 70 more than par totals on all grounds

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

kholi is doing well what is dhonis batting doing

Posted by cricket_is_all_about_timing on (January 21, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Is there any thing like being out of form for kohli? I can't recall any series where he failed for more than 2 matches. and those who are saying rohit technique is better than virat, must be mi fans. Am I the only one who thinks rohit is the most irritating batsman in the world ever to watch batting? I mean seriously guys just watch his forward defence technique. How lazy his feet and upper body movements are(especially while defending)? Commentators call that as elegance.No clue what that means. Even dhoni,smith etc dont have proper technique but they are committed and strong hearted players. This guy neither has technique nor temperament to stay in playing 11.

Posted by EdwinD on (January 21, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Kohli's numbers are impressive....but they may be surpassed by De Kock - at the same age as Kohli was he's 300 runs and 4 centuries better off.....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 21, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

lol @ them who call Kohli as flat track bully and only scored 100s at India!. Does they have any questions now?

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

@big brother : well I got wrong about that century, but he.did well in Perth too, scored 75 in first innings ans 44 in second... that's a thing to be appreciated... and by saying Ponting and Clarke scored double century and no wonder in kohli scoring century doesn't make any sense, you just brings down the.quality of ponting and Clarke if you say that... and the averages you mention are not agreeable, he has got hundred in Hobart, he has average of close to 40 in SA and he has an average of 46 in England.. that's something to appreciate provide its his first tour to any of the above mentioned countries.... he always has a chance to tour again and eventually will improve the averages...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

@Ahmad uetain : what's overrated accordions to you? a boy who has 5200 runs from 120 matches.with 18 hundreds at an average of 52 at the age of 25 is overrated??? or a man who has scored 30000 runs in international career with more than.half of those runs came in.overseas with hundred international hundreds is overrated??? stop your baskets ranting.... and what is selfish inning this innings of.kohli? his strike rate was over 100 compared to rohits 3 runs for 23 balls??? take.out kohli's score.from.the score card and you see only 150 for 9... is this selfish??? what nonsense man.... speak some sense....

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

@Anand jakhotia : you may have plenty of talent inherited in you, but unless you exhibit that talent in international level no one.recognises you... same is happening with.rohit Sharma, he.is talented than kohli and he can even compete with pujara in technique, but what the other two guys are doing is just. pure dedication and hard work towards their game.... I have never seen sharma doing that... better he start doing that early, too many chances have been wasted on him... sharma's batting is.pleasing on.eyes, but. kohli's batting is all about assurance of "until he is there,.we can't predict India to lose the match " I would take the 2nd one anyday...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

@ASK3 : ok let's agree that ashwin is a part time bowler who can.bat a bit... why do we need to have two part timers in the team?? why can't we choose a better bowler?? clearly ashwin can't outscore jadeja in any department... batting, jadeja is better than ashwin( stats speak) fielding ( less talk the better about ashwin) , bowling ( ashwin never won match with his bowling , he has not looked anywhere close to threatening in India last time, even.though jadeja excels in overseas, but we can say both are on par with each other in bowling)... you can clearly see who is liable here.... and if you say jadeja is allrounder and should score, what about rohit sharma? he is batsmen and haven't score more than jadeja in man cases... talking about winning matches with bat , when your top 5 are doing very good where is the chance for no.8 batsmen win match with bat?? that chance came in CT13 finals and he did win match.with his batting...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

@ASK3 : well I agree with you about his batting form.in recent times, but he.isn't really as bad batsmen as you are portraying him.... he has a batting average of nearly 30... you can't say ashwin is part time bowler who can bat a bit... there is no stats that is there to suggest how ashwin can bat... tell me.one area where ashwin can contribute?? he can hit a oddsix, but when was the last time he did that before this match?? his batting average is mere 15 and his howling average is nothing batter than jadeja, and he is by far the worst fielder... there is no field in which ashwin van contribute to the team in ODI, but he.is whole different player in test matches... if you expect jadeja to perform everytime with bat then you will be disappointed, but you won't be disappointed with his bowling... oh by the way when was the last time ashwin looked threatening in bowling?? he hasn't even got a 4 wicket haul.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Jadeja is playing like no 11 these days. Its time for Dhoni to take some hard decisions now though its already late. Remove Jadeja, Raina and Ishant bring Binny, Rayudu and Varun respectively...try these youngsters for couple of games who are eagerly waiting for an opportunity to prove at this level, otherwise we are in for an another overseas debacle.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (January 21, 2014, 2:51 GMT)

Kohli has done well in Australia in the CB series in 2012. He was the first in the team to score a century in the last overseas tour to SA and he did it again in the current NZ tour. Scoring the first hundred on a tour is significant as it gives confidence to the rest of the batsmen in the touring team, sort of blazing the trail. Fantastic Kohli, keep it going. He needs support from Rohit and Dhawan, for India to do well in batting in the ODIs. The top three have been crucial to victories last year. Hope Rohit and Dhawan find their form soon. They are taking time adapting to the overseas conditions which is not surprising.

Posted by prashanthubi on (January 21, 2014, 0:05 GMT)

Gud gng virat...keep entertaining

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

For all those supporters of Pujara in ODI....Indian batting is only failing bcz of demand of too high SR - Every inn Ind has to produce 300.......... Pujara can only harm SR not boost it................Besides another selfish inn by overrated Kohli just like Tendulkar??????????????.......................Bhi bowlers also r supposed to do their job..........feel pity for great Indian batsmen whose great inn go in vain due to poor indian bowling leaking 300 + every time

Posted by Rajan_Sandilya on (January 20, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@Khurram khan and arup_g :

I agree, Kohli is a very rare talent and he is the best at the moment. He will truly go down as one of the best (we will be sure of it in near future).

But to say, Kohli's ton has resulted in more match winnings innings and hence is better than Sachin. That is such an immature comment!

1. Kohli's chase in two Matches against Australia: Who will mention Dhawan and Rohit century innings. It was because of them that Kohli could take the battle ahead and chase mammoth targets.

2. And With Sachin, name one player who supported him in the chase. Chasing 350,Sachin scores 175 .Where were others?

Kohli just had a taste of Sachin's era last night. Welcome to the club!

Posted by arup_g on (January 20, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Kohli is bound to score many many hundreds in the ODI game. His game is simple but yet he knows it so well. He takes his time for the first 20 odd balls, and then smashes the bowlers to all parts of the ground once he is in. He is the master of chasing and if he put 75% of that ability to setting a total, he will be the best ODI batsmen ever (Yes even better than our own Sachin!). He is the key to India's success in the next World Cup. If Kohli scores big, India will do well but only if he is supported by the likes of Dhawan, Rohit, Raina and co.

Posted by murthydn16 on (January 20, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

What is talented rohit sharma and ishant sharma doing in the team? Rohit sharma required 100 matches in subcontinental pitches to contribute. How much practice matches he needs to contribtue abroad. Ishant is a wasted talent. His hair masks his view. Neither he has line nor length. he is like a lost bowler in the field each time. With talented rohit sharma, ishant sharma, ashwin - in abroad conditions, raina - away from home are complete liability and Indian will not win world cup if the above super stars are in the team. Rohit looks heavy, lazy, de motivated and not at at all interested in the game. Pujara, Varun, pandey, umesh can contribute to the team. Just Kohli and Dhoni cannot win matches. Yesterday India played with 2.5 bowlers and 2.5 batmen. Dhawan should convert his starts.

Posted by Zycr9 on (January 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Kohli has been fantastic.. and keeps getting better with every tour and match.. wish we had pujara too our U-19 players are doing well .. why not bring some hot young blood into this team ? Dhoni's mistake not to drop these lazy fellows.. rohit sharma - main culprit.. then in bowling ishanth sharma , even ashwin can be dropped .. bring back varun aron .. or give chance to ishwar pandey.. test them in conditions that help fast bowlers.. enough is enough.. rohit sharma neither contributes with bat nor on the field nor any good with fielding or catching or bowling.. absolutely unfit not because he has talent..its bcoz he continues to fail and doesnt put any effort to improve.. lazy and arrogant fellow.. there is no hunger in him.. please kick out these guys .. team should be Dhawan & Pujara opening , kohli , Rahane , Raina ,stuart binny , Dhoni , Jadeja , B Kumar, varun aron , iswar pandey......... i think this is well balanced team..

Posted by ganesh123456 on (January 20, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Wonderful article Abhishek Purohit. The first paragraph is amazing. Great writing skills. Hats off to you man.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

@ASK3:

Dont expect one player to do everything all the time. Jadeja is great fielder who saves runs and gets run outs from no where. He has been most economical bolwer in the team who also gets wickets and can score runs if you send him at his proper position that is number 4. If he comes at 8 he bats like a number 8 (that is hit and miss). Even then most of the time he scores more than Rohit Sharma a total liability. Rohit Sharma cant do a thing and is still in the team. That is called Liability.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

I knew that he would be great when i saw him some years back. He is way better than Sachin and there is no one in the world cricket at the moment who could even be at the same level as Kohli. My favourite batsman of the present era

Posted by wapuser on (January 20, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Well kohli's no.s are just superb...but whats the best part abt him is his hunger fr runs ....nd he is certainly goin to become a great batsmen .....bt I m most disappointed by rohit or nohit watever ......bcoz he is considered to be d most talented batsmen nd pleasing to eye bt wer r is his consistency nd hunger fr runs ....i think he is just becomin a flat track bully ....it is bcoz of him and ishant sharma we lost d match ....bcoz rohit took 24 deliveries fr 3 runs which is certainly nt d thing dat d team needed while chasing score of 300 which adds pressure to dhawan and othsr batsmen ...so he needs to perform or else get lost ...n same goes to bloody ISHANT SHARMA the less said is better fr him ..he needs to retire ...n KOHLI YU R SHEER CLASS and KEEP PERFORMING

Posted by yoohoo on (January 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

@Big_Brother_of_Cricket - Dude, Virat hit a 75* in perth. And in the next match in adelaide he hit a 100. The avgs you are talking about are during the early phase of his career. As a batsman he has grown tremendously since then.

Posted by ASK3 on (January 20, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

@realfan, while I take your points about Jadeja's bowling and Ashwin's lack of in ODI's; Jadeja is an all-rounder, he's supposed to bat well or at least reasonably. You mention the CT finals, while all good and true, implies that he's in the team because he batted with Kohli in the finals that happened just under 12 months ago; I have not seen a proper batting performance from him for a while; remember the test series against SA, the second innings in Durban? The shot that he played in that situation, is that really something you'd expect from someone who's recognised as a genuine batsman in terms of batting line up? (I realise that I'm referring to another format here). Also, a player judged on his departments right? Then as an all-rounder, shouldn't Jadeja be judged on his batting too? If you can cite an excuse that he's a part time batsman who can bowl, I can put forward the theory that Ashwin is a part time spinner who can bat.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

This guy has fans even in Pakistan.

Posted by realfan on (January 20, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

@ASK3 : i dont have any problem with ashwin in tests, but he is not the one for ODI, expecially in abroad, jadeja is more than enough for india in abroad... and his fielding is also mediocre, coming to jadeja's batting, remmebr CT13 finals?? with out his timly batting we would have lsot that too... like i said he is not out and out slogger, he is more capable batsment han you are seeing him, he is batting too down the order, for me an allrounder should always come at no.4 or no.5 , then only he can score freely ...

Posted by realfan on (January 20, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

@ASK3 ; well i am that vishwas reddy, so ashwin scored six and four and he is not laibility, jadeja scored zero and he is laibilty?? what kind of logic is this... like i said liability depends on department which he belongs too... ashwin is clearly a liablity in all 3 departments, zero bowling, zero fielding, zero batting ( he is not batsman though ) ... like i said, ashwin SHOULD TAKE WICKETS AND CONSIDER LESS RUNS, jadeja is not kallis type of allrounder, he is more of a part time batsmen who can bowl spin, and he managed spin department , except for that last over he was very good, check stats ( before last over, 8 over 41 runs and 1 wicket.. what more you expect from all rounder? , and that last over costed him 20 runs ).... look at ashwin, 10 overs 52 runs and 0 wickets.you call him a gunine spinner, not bay any standards.coming to batting, yes he should have scored, but he has won CT13 with his allround performance. how can a spinner who doesnt even control runs not a liability?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

I can understand the criticism of ppl irt dhawan, rohit & others, though I don't opine with them. to me both of the above mentioned r quality cricketers but such are the virat kohli's exploits, that the above mentioned guys r made to look like flat track bullies. I am pretty sure both of them will hit their straps very soon, esp rohit sharma who has huge expectations from his die-hard fans[incl ur's truly].

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

I am not a fan of virat [ donno why] but I am amazed with his consistency & hunger for runs. Sometimes its hard to believe. I have grown up watching sachin but even he dint show this amount of maturity & gutso. I like rohit sharma's batting which is so pleasing on eyes. but he lacks consistency. from the media interviews both heap praise on each other but consistency is what rohit should learn from virat. rohit has got great technique[in fact better one] but scoring runs is what matters.

Posted by ASK3 on (January 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy, you completely skipped past my point on Jadeja; I stated that the point of him being in the team is to not only get wickets and field well but to score some runs and when even Shami outscores your "all-rounder", then there's a liability.To come in at no.8 and score runs isn't easy, I accept that; but when the bowler that comes in after you does that, you have to consider his position at times. Furthermore, Jadeja bowled death over exceptionally? You must have been watching a different game! Length balls, got hit for boundaries and leaked runs; so did Ashwin but by your comment, Jadeja shouldn't have been conceding those runs.

Posted by realfan on (January 20, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

@Big_Brother_of_Cricket : you have to remember the thing that those are the first tours for him, and not many players can do what he did in his first tours.... he is just 25t and he tours to these countries atleast 3 times in coming 5 years and he is bound to improve on those stats... coming to stats ponting has a mediocre average of 25 in india in tests, and less talk about warne and muralidharan is better , does that make them mediocre??? no... virat is bound to improve and he never stoped leraning, and what more he is just 25... no other YOUNG batsmen can come close to him, infact as i see in current form only ABD and alma are ahead of him in ODI... virat can give a tight contest to clarke, but both are on same level... virat is yet to reach his pur[pule patch which normal batsman can have at the age of around 28- 32... so we can always excpect more from him... and he wont disspoint...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 20, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

@Big_Brother_of_Cricket I don't read too much reg those double tons by Clarke/Ponting in that Adelaide match against our mediocre bowlers (Mind you i acknowledge they are world class batsmen) Ponting was fading away but given life line by our bowlers(if i remember correctly he hadn't scored century for a long period) Not too many players have good records in the very beginning.But Kholi is surely improving very fast. I am sure if he tours and plays more games abroad he will improve the averages there as well (he played only 2 ODI innings in the recent SA (scored 30 and 0)tour with out any practice games thanks to BCCI) He may not be the best as of now but he is our future and time will tell if he becomes legend or not

Posted by trail_blazer_cric on (January 20, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

@GRVJPR mate i disagree on your analysis of pujara.....as far as i remember his strike rate in list a cricket is over 80 and avg is in mid 50s....and the real problem of india's batting in the recent past despite being the strongest on paper is lack of partnership and wickets falling at regular intervals except that of kohli especially on foreign pitches....induction of pujara could ensure partnerships in the middle overs even if it means less fire works....anyday i would trade place given to raina with pujara.....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan : raina and rohit sure are flat track bully, but spare sometime to dhawan he is.new, and I guess he can just make entry into the league.of virat, dhoni, pujara.. remember he just played 8 matches in India and rest all away from Indian and already scored 4 hundreds away from India... that's deserves a mention... and coming to jadeja and ashwin, you were spot on, jadeja is better than ashwin in every department in ODI, ashwin just doesn't fit into ODI team.. ans yes playing 2 spinners abroad is absolutely disaster... and ishant needs a retirement... yadhav, varun should and must be groomed for WC15....

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (January 20, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy: How proudly you say "coming to tests... he got his first century in Perth ( did you here that? PERTH it is)". I think you better check the stats again. Kohli got his 116 in Adelaide in the same match which Aus got 604 for 7 with double centuries Ponting and Clarke. Everyone in Aus knows about whether Adelaide is a bowling wicket or batting wicket. For everyone asking about flat tracks vs bouncy tracks and good pace attacks vs mediocre attacks, here's the stats for Kohi in ODI. Against Aus in Aus : 31, 18, 12, 21 --- Avg: 20.5 Against Eng in Eng : 55, 9, 7, 16, 107, 43 --- Avg: 39.5 Against SA in SA : 54, 22, 28, 87, 2, 31, 0 --- Avg: 32 I'm not trying to say that he's not a good player. He's so good and maturing (with the bat, not with attitude) innings by innings. But he's still so far from being a great or a legend.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

@@legfinedeep : coming to dhawan and rohit, dhawan still has a way to go... and even we Indian fans won't call rohit a good batsmen... so your point of comparing virat with other both failed.... coming to dhawan, he has 4 centuries outside India among the 6 centuries he got.... remember he only played 30 matches and among them only 8 were in India... he had a failure in SA, that doesn't mean he can't improve.... when we have.some fans calling jayawardene whose average is mere 33 with strike rate of 70 a legend, then sure virat deserves praises too.... he along with amla and ABD stands miles ahead.of anybody....

Posted by siddiqui2829 on (January 20, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

i have never like the indian team but the batting quality of Kohli is supreme, he is probably the best player to come of the current generation of cricketers. his timming and his ability to deliver is phnomenon.no matter what anyone says he arguably the best batsman right now.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

@@legfinedeep:dude tell the name of player who has higher average against SA and lesser average against bangla?about your point to real testing conditions. he has proved himself in aus in his VERY FIRST TOUR,also in SA in VERY FIRAT TOUR,and also did exceptional in England in VERY FIRST TOUR and now his FIRST TOUR to newzeland.I deliberately highlighted first tour to show you where he belongs.how many guys in the world cricket have done as good as kohli in their FIRST TOURS against all oppositions?? I can name.only amla who is miles ahead in experience.so all your points of proving himself everywhere is washed out.how many guys can score a century in SA in the very first innings he played in SA? how many players can score century in Perth against mighty aus??? his average vs BD is very good provided their mediocre bowling and he just played , I think 2 matches against them.what's your complain?? he chased mammoth target of 330+ in Hobart under 40 overs, now tell me who did that in aus?

Posted by Ranjan2012 on (January 20, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

@legfinedeep , @bigbrother -whether it is flat or bouncy , doesn't matter ,what matters is VK has thrashed , Kiwis,Aussies Pak , SL earlier .We love to watch this pure & lovely thrashing , it reminds us of BCCI's superiority in world cricket. VK keep up the good work !

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

@legfinedeep : to give you some stats, he has 10 centuries away from India that include aus, newzeland, England, WI, and two 80+ scores in the first tour to SA, and let me tell you, he has just toured all the nations only once and having average of anything close to 40 in the first tour us exceptional, coming to tests... he got his first century in Perth ( did you here that? PERTH it is) , and his first ever test match in SA, was phenomenal with 119 and 96 in that match... and 1st match in newzeland resulted in century.. if stats determine the.players.potential let me give you some stats... pointing has an average of 25 in tests in India, that means he is mediocre?? more over pointing toured many times... show me one player who has 18 centuries in just 120 matches have 5200+ runs at an average of 52 and that too at just the age of 25.. now you know what that mean right... he has faced and played every bowler in every part and is very good everytime.. so.. you must stop your ranting

Posted by ThePacifist10 on (January 20, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Awesome show by Virat, no doubt. To be honest however, these sort of scores are no longer a shock. He's been deservedly running away with the accolades over the past two years and has been very consistent. We've come to naturally expect such things from him quite regularly and he has never failed, and doesn't look like he is going to stop for the next five years, at least!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

1) Need Pujara to consolidate our Middle order. Bring back DK in place of Raina. 2) Well Raina/Rohit/Dhawan are flat track bullies 3) Some one somewhere said Jadeja is flat track bully but i don't remember him doing well with bat in SC. We don't need 2 spinners abroad. Jadeja is a better spinner than Ashwin but Aswin is better batsman than Jadeja. Pick only one of these. 4)Ishant deserves to be DROPPED. Get Yadav in and groom him for WC 15.

All in all we are back to 90s where it was one man army show(then Sachin now kholi). Every ones position was secure then. That said dhoni wont replace Raina/jadeja/Aswin/Ishant for the reasons well known

Posted by legfinedeep on (January 20, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Calm down, everyone, I am not saying that he is not good. He is indeed much better than just good. He has not proven himself in all conditions in my opinion, and he has also benefited from the gift of playing on some really friendly tracks, which if you take them into account, then we must consider Shikar and Rohit as greats already. He is impressive, but look at his average vs SA compared to his average vs Bangla. But already some Indians are hailing him as if he is the second coming of christ or something...

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 20, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan, I really do admire how Indians keep producing young quality batsmen. And this guy is special. A natural strokemaker with alot of swagger and confidence. Loves playing against us. Pretty sure its his favourite Holiday destination.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

"Posted by legfinedeep on (January 20, 2014, 8:52 GMT) Kolhi's average against SA: 34, vs Bangladesh: 180, vs England: 39, vs Zim: 54, vs WI: 45. Hmmm....""

Please don't mislead people. Real stats with ref to http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/253802.html?class=2;template=results;type=batting Kohli Average against SA: 34.40, vs Bangladesh: 123.33, vs England: 47.85, vs Zim: 53.75, vs WI: 57.43.

I know everyone has their own point of view but what you want to prove by writing wrong stats. Post the name of 2-3 player, who you think is better than Kohli in any type of tracks(Either it be Bouncy or Spinning or Flat). I will do all the maths and get back to you. Thanks

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

@legfinedeep : I will do all the mathematics , i am preety good at it. First please tell me which country track is Bouncy & which one is Flat. Then only i can do the maths.

Posted by Leggie on (January 20, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

@legfinedeep;@Big_Brother_of_Cricket: Hard to understand your cynical attitude. Yes, we lost the match. That does not mean that we don't see the positive outcomes from the match. Kohli's batting has indeed been a revelation for some time now, and for a 25 year old to bat like this is nothing short of magic. Cricket is a team game, and sometimes even the best efforts by an individual may not win the team for you. For a true cricket fan, Kohli's innings at Napier was sheer class.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

@deepfineleg : just to remind you on stats, this is the first time India lost when kohli scored century while chasing... so stop your ranting and if you have any guts appreciate the guy... don't comment cowardly... I presume you are from Lanka looking at your comments.... don't worry dude, you too will get a player like this, if you want yo have some batting tips, May be my gully players will give some....

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 20, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

WELL DONE TO KOHLI....he is showing the other Indian batsman what they should be doing. Pujara deserves a spot in the ODI team...Rohit Sharma needs to sit out until he finds form. India needs to find someone who can do what YUVI did (a player we will miss in the ODI side)

Posted by legfinedeep on (January 20, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

"Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (January 20, 2014, 3:04 GMT) "If it is needed at the moment, he does it, and what he does is exactly what is needed at that moment." Did India win the match yesterday " >>> excellent point, but who cares if India won or lost the match, as long as the next golden boy in the post-SRT era got his 100. Kinda like how no one cares whether India won or lost as long as SRT got his 100, especially his 100th 100.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 20, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Just imagine if Pujara joins the party!!! For that to happen, Dhoni should be sacked as captain. No two ways about it.

Posted by pietime on (January 20, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

I can't wait to get along to the Westpac stadium and the Basin Reserve in Wellington to see quite possibly my favourite batsman in the world. I'm Kiwi and naturally I'll want him out. Maybe another 100 in a losing cause. How would you Indians regard Kohli compared to Tendulker in their prime.

Posted by legfinedeep on (January 20, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Kolhi's average against SA: 34, vs Bangladesh: 180, vs England: 39, vs Zim: 54, vs WI: 45. Hmmm....

Posted by legfinedeep on (January 20, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Can someone please do the math and list his averages on flat tracks vs bouncy tracks? Anyone, please? We all know that there have been more than a few series where Indian batters have had the chance to inflate their averages against weaker opposition on lifeless pitches where my grandma could have scored a century on.

Posted by falvie on (January 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

A year ago with players like Kallis, Ponting, Tendulkar, it would have been very difficult to choose who the best ODI batsman was. But now the answer is very simple........ its Virat Kohli and he is ahead by leaps and bounds of any other player. And considering the kind of performances he is putting in against different teams, i think he would have been the front runner even had the above three been currently playing..... views from a Pakistan fan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

drop ishant and pick yadav. He can get middle over wickets and is a better death bowler than ishant. He is similar to shami in that he bowls high 130's to mid 140's, skiddy and move ball around both ways. Shami has much better control, but yadav is at least better than ishant. And if given enough assistance he can get a bulk of wickets like he did in MCG and Perth in 2011-12 series. He can leak runs but also gets wickets which only makes it easier for the spinners to control run flow. It is no surprise that ever since he got dropped after tri series in WI, India has been ordinary.

Posted by CUPULW on (January 20, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

At the rate India play ODIs, he could end up with around 20k runs in the format and 50+ centuries. However, as one of the future captains in waiting, will have to see how the pressure gets to him.

Posted by sark on (January 20, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

i am from Pakistan and needless to say how i feel about indians. But this guy is awesome a treat to watch. Just wow, mesmerizing, i dont have good enough adjectives to define him as batsman.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

@ASK3 : when you say liability, you need look at what department he is liable... ashwin is their to take wickets and conceded less than 45 runs in 10 overs, he is genuine spinner for some reason isn't it??? he is not there to hit some random six or four, batsmen will do that job, your job is bowling good and taking wickets...and jadeja is considered allrounder and all-around is meant to break partnership and help the genuine spinner from other end, and he exactly did the same and is justifying his inclusion, not to mention his fielding skills, one.of the best.... now tell me who is liable?? the spinner who doesn't take wickets and doesn't control runs or the allrounder who breaks partnership and bowls death overs exceptionally and fields good??? coming to batting, do you expect any batsmen to come and hit a half century playing at 8th position when you are under enormous pressure??? not every one is kohli...

Posted by ASK3 on (January 20, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

@Vishwas Reddy, Ashwin is a liability in ODI's? What? You did see Jadeja get out for a duck yesterday right? Even Ashwin hit a six, heck even Shami hit a four; I like Jadeja in ODI's as he might get those partnership breaking wickets and can keep the RR down, occasionally (not saying Ashwin is better in this prospect) but if we're looking at liabilities in our team for ODI's, I'd turn to Jadeja.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

I can see fans from all over the world praising kohli , even from Pakistan, but man I have.not seen single comment from Lankan fans about kohli... they surely are frustrated to the core, haven't they.... can't help them but one can only pity them...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@ProdigyA : exactly ny fears... we don't want another decade of 90s.. certainly not at this stage...I badly want virat to fail for some time, though I feel very sad when he hardly fails... but a bunch if guys like Rohit, raina needs to learn what happens to a team when virat fails..... can't imagine Indian team in WC15 without kohli....

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

@GRVPR : coming to athleticism, neither rahul was athletic, nor ganguly, but there is always a place called slip where you need good hands rather than athleticism... neither ashwin is athletic now, we can always play pujara at slip in initial overs and inside 30 yard circles in later overs... and he too can score at good pace... saw the 3rd session if day 3 in Durban test? bulk of scoring was done by pujara at almost 90 strike rate... and for a batsman of such caliber you dint have to teach how to sneak a single and rotate strike.. pujara should and can play the role of dravid, and virat is already playing the role Sachin... remember dravid had strike rate of under 75 ... all dravid needed to do was anchoring and the results were exceptional after that

Posted by GrindAR on (January 20, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

bring in KD Karthik, if MSD have intentions to win a match in NZ

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

@GRVJPR : I dint say pujara scores 50 runs in 5 overs.. neither did I say he is athlete.... in fact if you have followed my comments on pujara in the past, I was the one who wants him to play only tests for some time. he has two knee surgeries, that's only reason I find about him for not playing odi. india have a vacant 4 and 5 , now dropping rohit sharma is sin according to dhoni, why can't we play kohli at 4 and pujara at 3 , pujara is no1 for 3rd position, same goes for odi till all other players settle down... we have a quick scorers in the form of dhawan, kohli, dhoni and what we need in the middle is someone to hold one end....that's exactly what was lacking in yesterday's match. kohli had to do both attacking and anchoring job. imagine if one guy is anchoring one end and kohli is attacking at other end.. position 4 is crucial in WC15, he should be able to attack at the same time play sensibly.. and only man who can do that job right now is kohli... so pujara at 3 kohli at 4...

Posted by Viratkohlirocks on (January 20, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

Thanks to India's bad batting, Kohli has lost the record of all odi hundreds chasing resulting in win.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (January 20, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

Kohli has the makings of one of the greats. One only hopes that he lives up to the potential he has shown so far.

Posted by Addy_Hawk on (January 20, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

What an amazing talent. Undoubtedly he's the biggest ODI phenomenon since Viv Richards. Although it was painful for me while it was happening, his Asia Cup innings against Pakistan was a gem of uncommon fluidity and fearlessness. Cheers from a Pakistan fan.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Kohli is undoubtedly one of the best batsman in the world, TOP 5 in test and TOP 3 in limited overs. Although pressure of being lone warrior will get to him eventually. He has been saving grace for pathetic Indian Bowling and Ordinary Batting for the past couple of years. If Dhoni does not stop his Love for Raina and Most talented Rohit Sharma keeps on getting chances failure after failure.

India will continue to do badly overseas. Post 2011 WC India lost most of matches abroad: In ENGLAND Lost 3 Tie 1 In Australia (Vs AUS) Lost 3 Won 1 In SAF Lost 2 (Should have lost 3rd one as well, if not for rain) Lost 1st ODI in NZ

* I am not counting ODIs in WI and ZIM as they are hardly competitive. *Yes India did win the Champions trophy but that doesn't nullify their ordinary display abroad.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 20, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

India is seriously in danger of going back into the 90's where too much was dependent on only one player. It was Sachin then and now it's becoming Virat. With Sehwag, GG, Yuvi gone there are not enough match winners in the team now. Except Kohli and Dhoni, most of the others are mostly passengers, though Dhawan and Rahane still need to be given some more time, but Rohit and Raina are becoming a joke now.

I'm not sure how Jadeja has those numbers in 1st class cricket but Bhuvi seems to be a better batsman than him rite now.

For godsake, bring Pujara into the ODI team, he along with Virat are the top two batsmen in the country but Dhoni and selectors want to ruin him by labeling him only a Test player.

Posted by Vnott on (January 20, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

50 overs cricket needs similar skills to a test match. Ability to take wickets and ability to keep wickets while keeping a sane run rate. It is incredible that Indian selectors can even think of keeping out pujara. Raina, Rohit are clearly on a short lease of life . It is said especially in the case of Rohit who seems to be able to do nothing wrong in subcontinent wickets. Replace them with either Gambhir or Dinesh Karthik to open and Pujara at 4. You immediately have a stable batting side with atleast 3 batsmen who can win you games- Gambhir, Pujara and Kohli.... If Dhawan converts his starts or Rahane does justice to his talent or if selectors allow Dinesh Karthik to play, we have a unit which will chase or set targets well..... On the bowling front, Ishant does not take wickets. So he should be replaced with Ishwar Pandey or Varun Aaron ... These 3 changes are key to consistently do well in seaming and bouncing wickets.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (January 20, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

All the Cricket Pundits are quick to point out when a subcontinent player fails overseas. Now here is one fella who is conquering every summit. First test innings in SA scores a 100, first innings in NZ scores a 100, that is after massacring Australia at home. If this fellow is not the best batsman in the world at the moment, who is?

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

@Big_Brother_of_Cricket on, Don't go over the top. Kohli deserves all the prasie. India wins most times he scores 100 and he has done that in chases. Give me any other example of palyer of his age and so less matches to have won his team as many matches as he has done while chasing.. Don't bother to go through stats as you will fail to find anyone better, Even Sachin and Ponting are no where. Forget about kallis, dravid, ganguly etc. Problem with you is you can;t digest his succces as many of you blames him of being arrogant and walking wicket when he started his career, now you can't see his success. SHAME!

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

@ Vishwas Reddy , The problem is at 4 and 5 at the moment. Rohit and Dhwan did well whole year last year. I have nothing against PUJARA but get a feeling he is bit too stubborn. Not a good runner by any means and it will definitely hamper Kohli and put extra pressure on him unnecessarily. In ODI criket you don't really need players to occupy crease for 40 overs and team only scoring 130 runs. I don't agree with you on PUJARA has the ability to score 50 of 5 overs on consistent bases. It doesn;t suit him and will eventually mess up his whole game. I would rather go for someone with decent techniue but good hitting power in end. Yuvi was once such player and he did made a difference last world cup. Also pujara has nothing to contribute in other departments. GOOD Player he is, very good, but not suited for ODI cricket for me. Mind you he will score runs and good average but at what strike rate. Very important in modern day cricket when other teams have players scoring hundreds in 30 ball

Posted by naren1983 on (January 20, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

He is certainly India's best batsmen than anyone else and World's Second best batsmen after De Villers. These are the two guys can play all the 3 formats supremely. Both are excellent fielders. But De Villers gone to next level and took wicket keeping responsibility. AB has all variety of shots in his books, Sweeps, Reverse Sweeps, Scoops remain those shots are differ from Kohli. But Kohli is an outstanding batsmen in this young age itself, even AB didn't achieve it when he was 25. One fine day, I would definetely see Kohli gets No.1 position in all the 3 formats. May be in next 2 to 3 years. He seems only the reliable batsmen in the current India ODI squad apart from Dhoni.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Rohit Sharma scores 3 of 23 balls, gets out on a horrible pull shot...take a walk back to pavilion, in between he see Virat Kohli walking in to bat...Kohli says "Go back Mr. talented....Watch and Learn" That's the difference.

Virat Kohli is an example of sheer class, determination and how to take your talent to next level. Really enjoy watching this bloke batting.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

Hats off, great player. Now India have cleared out the deadwood they have a fantastic young batting line up. Get one more decent pace bowler and they can beat anyone.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

@GRVPR : yes pujara can sscore 50 runs in 5 overs, but why do we need another guy doing that when.we have kohli, what we need is a sane technique with ability to anchor one end which kohli along with pujara can do... we need partnerships at top.order which pujara will make sure of that along with dhawan.... pujara can't be worse than Rohit. can he??? guess what pujara's list A batting average is more than 50 and he is a.direct entry.into ODI side....

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (January 20, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

"If it is needed at the moment, he does it, and what he does is exactly what is needed at that moment." Did India win the match yesterday ? I do agree the fact that Kohli is such a talented batsman making big strides in ODIs. He's such a delight to watch in his full flow. However, this article goes way beyond what is needed to be discussed after a bad loss against a team like New Zealand. Anyway it's the everyday CARROT for traditional Indian Cricket fan to forget all the bad performances and say "Way to go.. Kohli" and then realize that India lost it at the end.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

As much as I don't like to say this, I think he is a pure genius. There is honestly nothing better than Kholi. The only other current batsmen who has the same sort of figures in ODI's right now is Dhoni, and he's trailing this guy.

All he needs to do is get his act in the Test format and he easily to me is the best batsmen in the world.!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

Seems Like a combination of Sachin and Dravid on the way to full fil our next world cup ambitions. We saw an era of Sachin and Dravid but this lad is something different from others and a combination of legends, I must say. never seen such aggression in Indian team, specially travelling abroad. kick out Rohit and Raina Ishant., we have better players than them anyday..

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 20, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

@ Thomas Cherian, Hang on mate. Pujara is good and solid, but does he have the ability to score 50 in 5 overs and win india an ODI match. Answer is NO!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Virat as his name goes is certainly the new emperor of ODI's. He needs to only harness his potential and channel his aggressive nature to keep performing consistently and he could well be the player who would challenge some top players in the world.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

@rocket city guy..: no doubting ashwin in test, he is exceptional... and.no.one is.comparing ashwin and jadeja in test... jadeja.lags miles behind... it's just ashwin is not made for.ODI... he is a liability in odi...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

@kristenfan : no bowlers likes a batsmen who scores runs at will.... is arrogance is the reason. for hate, then most hated bowler is styne, Andrew nel, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee.... players are not meant for hating, they are meant for giving competition... if styne hates kohli, better he go for some rehabilitation centre...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 0:56 GMT)

Our fastest did try to match their slowest medium fast. Never mind, Napier was like they declared the most friendlier of the wickets, NZL had to offer. So Mr MSD please make , you donot say that you were surprised in your decisions of selecting whom to play

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 20, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

With each hundred Kholi makes, he is proving Tendulkar is an hype created by media and advertisers, Tendulkar is merely a good player, not the greatest by any stretch, who enjoyed largess of Indian selector for past 23 years.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 20, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Kohli is much more like Herschel Gibbs or Viv Ricahrds than any past Indian player in my view. He's a relentless aggressive fighter and has just as much cheek an arrogance, I love it.

Posted by nlambda on (January 19, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

Keep praising Kohli while avoiding discussing Rohit, Raina, Ishant... this is what Indian commentators are reduced to :-(. MS Dhoni's "patronage" to the three must be questioned for these three legends will sink us in the World Cup, Kohli or not.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Now if only the jokers would have selected Pujara who is as talented as Kohli into the mix. Pujara no way can be worse than Raina on fast pitches abroad..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

He is a special talent alongwith AB. We highly rate Kohlis pottential here in Pakistan :) Best of luck to Kohli for future matches.

Posted by 12th_man on (January 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

Kohli is fantastic for India and fantastic for the game. It's great to see these guys play over here! Let's hope the Black Caps continue to play to their potential and push these guys to the limit and results will speak for themselves. Great start guys - keep it up!

Posted by satchander on (January 19, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

Kohli is talented and hard working. But he is also brash like Ponting - does not hold back. But I really don't care if he is brash like Ponting or quiet like Tendulkar. As long as he can score runs like either of these 2 guys which he is already doing, I think India will be blessed.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Kohli is a quick scorer in ODIs and hence with field placements and white balls does better than Tests. Pujara and Rahane are better in Tests and can also in overseas ODIs. We were expecting that from Rohit but not converted into an opener in ODIs. Rohit does better in middle ODI and switch Rahane as an opener who did well in the ODI England series last time.

The spells in ODIs are 5-6 overs and suits Kohli. Over the long time Rahane, Pujara and Rohit in the middle order in ODIs and Tests will do better than Kohli who averages in the mid 40s in Tests as compared to say Pujara,

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

Ian Smith,one of the commentators asked Simon Doull when Kohli was batting: "Is he regarded as the next Tendulkar back in India"? To which Simon Doull replied: "Not yet.. Not sure if he is loved the same as Sachin did" Well,All I can all say is,if he continues to do waht he has done so far in his 119 innings,he sure can be the next big thing in not only Indian Cricket, but also World cricket. :) p.S: He already is rated higly everyhere in the world :)

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 19, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

@DJRNZ: Truthfully, nobody was asking you but I hear ya! You're going to be in for a disappointment if you think the Indian team contains only two good players with the rest "hyped".

In this digital age, all it takes is one match for enormous career defining judgments to flow in like a raging river.

Posted by Kirstenfan on (January 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Kohli is talented, but he us also cheeky and arrogant, no wonder Steyn etc hated him!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@Nadeem Sharifuddin - Apparently you dont know any thing about cricket and making wild guesses eh? What happened to Kohli in South Africa against the likes of Steyn, Morkel and Philander? - Read this - He got a hundred and a ninety in the same test match ... I can understand your obvious disappointment about your team losing even in their adopted home by less fancied Srilankan team.So chill - wait for a couple of decades, may be one or two decent pakistani batsmen will shine and will win matches for you

Posted by RockcityGuy on (January 19, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

I think Indian fans should set aside regional patriotism and accept talent...saying Jadeja is better than the world's no. 1 test allrounder is absolute tosh...look at last match's scorecard and ull know the story...Ashwin maybe many things but he is the fastest bowlr to 100 test wickets in a 100 years...If Johnson can be hailed for terrifying Enhglish batsmen in australia over 4 tests u may jolly well credit ashwin for his phenomenal performance over 15 tests in India. Period. As Far as VK's concerned I have no words...I just stand and applaud 'THE LEGEND'.

Posted by SKamaraj on (January 19, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft, Were you sleeping when Virat slammed Malinga & co for a massive score in Aus in 2011/2012 and won the match for India within 40 overs? Speaks volumes about your attention to detail!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Wasn't privileged enough to watch Sachin's every innings Doesn't matter so much cause i vow to watch Kohli bat each time !!! ‪#‎VK‬ ‪#‎INDIA‬

Posted by DJRNZ on (January 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

@ Vishwas Reddy - haven't seen a lot of Aswin in ODI's but have watched him in tests and thought he was pretty handy. In saying that, Kholi and Dhoni are the only real 2 players that make me nervous in NZ conditions.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

"Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for more than twenty years, it was time we carried him!" - Here is the man who means his words both on and off the field.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

@DJRNZ : I don't know what sspecial you saw in ashwin but surely I will be worth nothing except his added wait around his waist... I am an Indian fan, and I can say that jadeja is above ashwin in every department and ashwin is a liability...

Posted by ABDULLABAIG on (January 19, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

All ready in South Africa VIRAT showed his innings mark with 119 & 96 runs in the first test with SA. He already proved his talent with those runs he achived. Dale styen is a good bowler, but for him also its becomes difficult to pickup KOHLI wicket in first test with SA. Remember each player has his own norms. As some one said, virat is Home grwon bully, but how many of players shows their remarkable innings at home grounds as virat achieved. None of the players achieved the things like virat at home grounds. If anyone have those figures please upload as the players of those achieved all at the age of 25? Respect the CRICKET just what i m suggesting,

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft : sorry to say but, in.those tours apart from England tour he won us matches in aus and in SA also.... remember that 70+ score against AUS in.CB series which India won the.match and also you shouldn't forget Hobart in slaught... his first tour to SA was.exception for him.he.made.couple.of 80+ score.I guess and was involved in a couple if good partnership with yousuf in which we won two matches... and the second tour was surely a bowling disaster...same is the case in England.. some matches ruined out, some.ended up with DL method.... so you can't say he.dint win matches for us in those tours... after all he can play everyone's role, can he??

Posted by darsh127 on (January 19, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

The solution to all these baggages in the indian team because of Dhoni is : Make Virat Kohli Captain….. then see the likes of Sharm's perform. If they don't , Kohli will give them that stare and make sure they perform. If still not, Kohli will not think twice before removing them as they have been given too many chances. Kohli is aggressive and he is world class. Captaincy may make him thrive even more.

Posted by DJRNZ on (January 19, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

As a NZ supporter I think this guy is brilliant and am happy he is on tour in NZ. Dhoni, Ashwin as well. Sami looks good but the rest are over hyped if you ask me. Without this amazing batsmen where would India be?

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (January 19, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

But he has so far made 4 difficult ODI tours so far; SA in 2010 and 2013, Eng in 2011 and Aus in 2011/2012. He has failed to win a single match for India in those tours against SA, Aus and Eng. He managed to score only one hundred in those 4 tours. Therefore he has a lot to prove. But I too believe he is very good. He has it in him to be the world's best. Confident Young Man.

Posted by WalkingWicket11 on (January 19, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

@Nadeem Sharifuddin Apparently you were sleeping under a rock during the Test series where Kohli scored a century and a 96 against the same SA attack. A Test match century always has more value than a ODI century, so stop commenting with your hate messages.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Need to bring in Pujara in the team for Rohit. And two more pacers, Umesh in lieu of Ishant and someone like Issar Pandey in place of one of the two spinners.

Posted by kila995 on (January 19, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Alot of people says he's arrogant but for me he's a superb , his confidence and talents gives the best out of him . India is lucky have this player :)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

@nadeem : do you think virat can alone win you matches?? winning a match is team game.... SA tour was a bowling disaster... you should check his batting in test in the sane tour, he made.mockery of the same Guinean world class bowlers you are talking about... read the article.correctly he has got centuries in every part of the world.... more over this is the first match India lost when kohli scored century..... you please stay away from cricket if you can't appreciate kohli....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

many say he is in the.mould of Sachin, dravid Ponting.... but i say they all three have been combined in kohli... class of dravid, assurance in Sachin, and attitude and aggression of Ponting..... they hate his attitude, but he has every reason to show that attitude, the.numbers speaks about that reason.... but man what more he is still 25 and the best part is yet to come and he never seems to stop learning.... imagine this if he hits the.purple patch.... this guy is meant for greatness... bowl him at 175 kmph... he shows no fear.... clearly he is light years ahead of any Indian batsmen right.now.. though pujara is much better in terms of technique in test... but in ODI kohli has no race... dhoni comes close but halts mid way....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

He is the big thing modern cricket. His selfless and courageous attitude stands him out. Take a bow!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

man I just can believe this guy... this guy is awesome... the first two line.of the article are the perfect words for kohli.... have been seeing him from debut series... except.for debut series he never looked uncomfortable.... to score 18 centuries in just 119 matches is extraordinary feat.... and to back it up with centuries.in every part of the world and that average.coming at 1 down suggest the determination of this guy.... here goes the saying " when.kohli is on the striker end even a grazing field looks a highway " that's the way he has announced himself to the international cticket ....scoring.century is.one thing. but scoring century in the first match you are playing in a country like newzeland with out much practice.is another thing.... we have seen bowling machines, want to see run machine, watch kohli....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

what is the use this hundred when your country lose the match. no body is going to complain now because VK is not SRT200. No problem. If he was that good then what happened to him against world best bowler Dale Styen in SA just two months ago in ODI series.

I know this guy has special talent and he is among top two current batsmen in ODI along with AB but i was hoping him to at least win one match against SA in SA but he did not and failed to score big which suggest that he is home grown bully and also play medium pacers better than genuine fast bowlers which is shame.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

He sure would get to 50 odi hundreds if ODI cricket survives for another decade !!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

well done virat.. good going.. Wishing u for the future success...

Posted by Coolalways on (January 19, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

True. Kohli is in an entirely different league than the rest of his brethren. Almost an Australian in a way. The swagger, the self assurance, the in-your-face attitude. Call him arrogant if you will, but he is a supremely good limited overs batsman. No two words about it. The numbers can deceive at times. But in his case, they scream greatness from all corners. Rohit, Shikhar, et al the likes are miles and miles behind. And the scary part is, Kohli just keeps getting better by the day!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

He is not so bad in tests too. he was very impressing at south africa along with pujara and rahane

Posted by Skywalker1977 on (January 19, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Five years back, we were having a discussion about the young Indian batting talent being injected into the team, with the big Four preparing to walk into the sunset. I had then put my money on Kohli.

It makes us fans very happy watching this guy perform.

Dravid was right. The current crop of Indian batting oozes talent, VK in particular.

Posted by tashan329 on (January 19, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

People may not believe but I am a Virat Kohli fan from his U-19 World Cup heroics. His innings of 100* in 70 balls including 5 sixes made me believe that he is a star.

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