Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota July 21, 2012

Kohli keeps raising the bar

He continues to pile on the hundreds and whatever the situation in a game, he appears to be in control
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Virat Kohli, 23, now has 12 ODI hundreds. When combined, the two numbers are almost scary. Consistency is one thing, but four hundreds in five innings? Contrast them with some of his peers, and they appear even more astonishing. We still talk of Rohit Sharma's potential. Ajinkya Rahane still waits mostly on the sidelines. Cheteshwar Pujara remains injured more often than not. But Kohli continues to pile on the hundreds. He now has seven after the World Cup win alone; against seven teams, in five countries.

The ones in Hobart, against Sri Lanka, and in Dhaka, against Pakistan, have to be, arguably, among the best ODI innings of all time. He still has a long way to go in Tests, but Kohli now owns the ODI format. He's mastered the art of building an ODI innings. Whether it is batting first or chasing, coming in early or in the middle, he instinctively knows when to go after the bowling, when to rotate the strike, or when to defend. And whatever be the situation, whatever is the demand, he appears to be in control. Saturday's first-innings century against Sri Lanka in Hambantota was another such effort.

Gautam Gambhir had fallen in the third over. Virender Sehwag was looking rusty. Kohli settled in immediately, and suddenly, the innings gained traction. He left his first ball alone, defended the second, and thrashed the third for a boundary past point.

Kohli likes to get forward. It is not an exaggerated step down the track, but it gives him many more options with his strokes, especially on the subcontinent. He can whip-drive a delivery through extra cover, he can swat-flick the same ball through midwicket. It also enables him to defend solidly. One such defensive forward push even brought him three runs past extra cover early in his innings.

A measure of calmness having been restored after Gambhir's wicket, Kohli let Sehwag take over to do what only he can - hit outrageous boundaries. Throughout their 173-run partnership, Kohli let Sehwag be the leader, while he followed not very far behind. There were glimpses of their mammoth double-century stand from the opening game of the World Cup, but in that match, Kohli had come in at 152 for 2, with Sehwag already in top gear. This time, it was a different situation, and Kohli spoke about adapting to it.

"If your partner is scoring well and being aggressive then you can get into your role and try and play till the 40th over so that the team can benefit from it"
Virat Kohli

"This is something that I have tried to learn over a period of time that you need to see how the situation is going, how the other partner is batting," Kohli said. "When I went in Gauti bhai [Gambhir] had just got out and I decided to be a bit more positive because looking at my stats in the previous matches that I have played in Sri Lanka I had played too many dot balls. I had a positive mindset today - just go out there, just hit the boundary balls and make sure I execute them well.

"My role in the team has been of a sheet anchor. Initially I struck a few fours and after that I sort of took over my role when Viru bhai [Sehwag] started hitting the ball beautifully. When he plays like that you don't really need to do much so my job was left to just rotate the strike and take the singles and doubles and hit the odd boundary in between. When he got out I took over. I became more aggressive; it is all about adapting to different situations and seeing how the other guy is playing. If your partner is scoring well and being aggressive then you can get into your role and try and play till the 40th over so that the team can benefit from it."

Kohli did exactly that. He got out to the last ball of the 40th over, but not before a series of inside-out lofts, swat-flicks, dabs and slashes had ensured India did not get bogged down after the successive wickets of Sehwag and Rohit.

Kohli now has three successive hundreds against Sri Lanka. At some stage, it must start to feel all too easy when you dominate a particular opposition so much. Kohli doesn't think so. "The situations can be very different. You can take that as a positive but coming into this innings, I didn't have the best of IPL seasons and I just wanted to forget it. I am lucky I got a break in between and at times you regroup and comeback and just mentally be more relaxed and be calmer.

"If you have done well against an opposition you can take that as a confidence booster but at the same time you have to work hard and prepare your game before the match. Coming into this game I think it was really important how my mindset is going to be in this season. This season is really important for the team so I really put in a conscious effort to stay as relaxed and as calm as before the match and it really paid off. I was able to stay in that zone, stay in that calm place and when I went out there I was pretty relaxed compared to the previous games I have played in the IPL."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • eddy1969 on July 25, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    It takes eleven players to win a match. All good batsmen have their runs of good form but the great players recover their form faster when they fail.

  • on July 24, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Now what happened ??? :P

  • baranasai on July 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has not been scoring well/there is no dependability in him/same with Raina some times he clicks some times he is not doing well. We have other youngsters to try why not they give a chance to Rahane?or Tiwary/

  • martinohero on July 24, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Oh no....as soon as this article come out, Kohli go and get out for 1...stop writing unlucky articles please!!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    gambhir should be replaced because he has not been in forum lately he should be replaced by rahane or tiwary

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    No doubt a gr8 batsman but what i can not undstand was his consistent poor performance in the last IPL??

  • on July 24, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma seriously needs to re-think about his self-confidence. How come he performs so well in the IPL and domestic circuit but flatters to deceive in international cricket?

    This is one of the biggest tragedies in Indian cricket.. But I think he is very laid-back and often takes things for granted..

    Pity..

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @rock.rockyin on (July 23 2012, 21:14 PM GMT)..You are spot on saying about Umesh. He is real fast bowler India got after ages playing International cricket. He needs some for time.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Kohli ,proud of you man. We Indians can raise our heads in pride because of your good knocks that helped India team win and brought panic in opposition on thinking about you. You deserve a lot of respect at least when you play against Srilanka anywhere in the world. Thank you Kohli for so many good knocks. You made a mark. Thank you once again. Keep it up :)

  • rock.rockyin on July 23, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Rohit can be given a maximum of another 2 chances despite the 80 ODI chances he got. Its time to give oppurtunity to Rahane, Tiwary and Rayudu.plssssssssssssssss do that Team India. Pls dont even bother to bring Praveen Kumar any nearer to Indian team. regarding Umesh Yadav going for runs in the end..nothing harm.it happens and cricket it happens so silly the tailedner fires most times... Zaheer scored 6666 of henry Olonga, Agarkar some fast 50 runs, etc and this time Umesh was trying to bowl something new with fingers which he was explaining to Dhoni when they were walking to dressing room after SL played the last ball and the last over needed more then 35 runs... Umesh is a find after long time for India.comeon guys back him...

  • eddy1969 on July 25, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    It takes eleven players to win a match. All good batsmen have their runs of good form but the great players recover their form faster when they fail.

  • on July 24, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Now what happened ??? :P

  • baranasai on July 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has not been scoring well/there is no dependability in him/same with Raina some times he clicks some times he is not doing well. We have other youngsters to try why not they give a chance to Rahane?or Tiwary/

  • martinohero on July 24, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Oh no....as soon as this article come out, Kohli go and get out for 1...stop writing unlucky articles please!!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    gambhir should be replaced because he has not been in forum lately he should be replaced by rahane or tiwary

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    No doubt a gr8 batsman but what i can not undstand was his consistent poor performance in the last IPL??

  • on July 24, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Rohit Sharma seriously needs to re-think about his self-confidence. How come he performs so well in the IPL and domestic circuit but flatters to deceive in international cricket?

    This is one of the biggest tragedies in Indian cricket.. But I think he is very laid-back and often takes things for granted..

    Pity..

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    @rock.rockyin on (July 23 2012, 21:14 PM GMT)..You are spot on saying about Umesh. He is real fast bowler India got after ages playing International cricket. He needs some for time.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Kohli ,proud of you man. We Indians can raise our heads in pride because of your good knocks that helped India team win and brought panic in opposition on thinking about you. You deserve a lot of respect at least when you play against Srilanka anywhere in the world. Thank you Kohli for so many good knocks. You made a mark. Thank you once again. Keep it up :)

  • rock.rockyin on July 23, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Rohit can be given a maximum of another 2 chances despite the 80 ODI chances he got. Its time to give oppurtunity to Rahane, Tiwary and Rayudu.plssssssssssssssss do that Team India. Pls dont even bother to bring Praveen Kumar any nearer to Indian team. regarding Umesh Yadav going for runs in the end..nothing harm.it happens and cricket it happens so silly the tailedner fires most times... Zaheer scored 6666 of henry Olonga, Agarkar some fast 50 runs, etc and this time Umesh was trying to bowl something new with fingers which he was explaining to Dhoni when they were walking to dressing room after SL played the last ball and the last over needed more then 35 runs... Umesh is a find after long time for India.comeon guys back him...

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    great going kohli....but you need to score against aus/SA/eng on their pitches rather than against subcontinent teams in subcontinent..... Rohit sharma on the other side reminds me of mark ramprakash....great talent but never able to convert on big occasion....sharma, you may be losing your place as you already got many chances....

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    kohli is one of the better players in the world now. but i seriously believe given the oppurtunity cheteshwar pujara could do better. pls drop rohit . he has been given enough chances already. rahane is a prospect for the future. i only wish our bowlers were also as talented as the young batters. surely lanka will lose this series 4-1.

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @El_Toro_Loco -Actaully Kohli was India's only centurion in the tests in Oz plus the highest scorer in both the innings at perth.The kid is just new to test cricket.

    And he scored centuries in ODI's both in Oz and England.

  • Harmony111 on July 23, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: I guess we need more people like you around us. You would be a great motivator for any team. As per you, it is only India that does well on flat pitches and the other teams have done superbly all round. When you were saying that I am sure you did not take into account Eng 0-3 loss to Pak in UAE and 0-5 loss to India in India. Hell, England even lost 1-6 to Oz in Oz - in supposedly un-flat conditions. England even lost to Ireland and Bangladesh in renowned flat conditions in WC 2011. Oz had lost two successive test series in India 2-0 and 2-0. I am sure you did not take into account India's 2007 test series win in England. I am sure you did not count India's test wins in Durban and Perth and Headingly - the fastest and most bowler friendly wickets in these 3 nations. Why would you count all that when you already believe that India is only a flat pitch team - btw SL is not even that. Looks like you have taken to heart the propaganda of the India-bashers.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    No doubt Kohli has used the chances so well to cement his place - and now he is a strong pillar in Indian Batting. Wish him all the best. But when Dhoni & Co will give a chance to Manoj Tiwary? He was the best in the lot and was so unfortunate to break hand before his debut in 2007. Now is he on reserve after scoring hundred in his last game - which he scored under tremendous pressure. Being on bench for match after match is not only killing his confidence but also the good form he is in. Rohit had got enough chances time to look beyond him untill he proves his consistency and temperament regularly playing domestic and in A Team.

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Why aren't we looking at Pujara and Rahane after Kohl as our mainstays in Test cricket? If you have Kohli at 3 and Pujara and Rahane at 5 and 6 we have a world class batting line up ..that is if Laxman is injured ...given his back you never know when that will be...:-) Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan would be able to cover the fast bowling ....

  • dariuscorny on July 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Harmony111 i would like to see your comments as an reaction to Sandy_bangalore's...it wud be nice if you post one.you are a great debater,i admit

  • BurmaStu on July 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    "The ones in Hobart, against Sri Lanka, and in Dhaka, against Pakistan, have to be, arguably, among the best ODI innings of all time." Really? I don't think either would feature in my top 10. Great player but the context is a lot more important. Were these World Cup finals? Um, no. He's a superstar but be reasonable

  • WCChamp2011 on July 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore - Indian team is no different than SA, Eng or Aus. They also win at home and come short in subcontinent. SA and Aus of bygone era were to some extent better in touring conditions.But the rest are hardly in a position to make light of India's achievements. A case in point is England's 5-0 loss to India in One dayers immediately after winning in home series

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    It is time India dump that useless Rohit Sharma and give those chances to Ajinkya Rahane even if it means he has to bat #4 or in the middle order.

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    And though the guy is young...his statements are very matured. Looks very down to earth too. I will always remember his statement when Indian won the world cup: "Tendulkar has taken the burden of Indian cricket for decades together and now its our turn to give take him round the statement in our shoulders.".

  • DINESHCC on July 23, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    HARMONY111: Excellent comments dude.

  • mrgupta on July 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    @ sandy_bangalore: I think you are being too harsh on our team. The same team defeated Aus, Eng,SA, and SL in test matches in their own yard. Remember when England defeated India recently it was their first test series win against us in about 15 years. In between they lost to India in England. The problem that we are facing recently is of the aging middle order. The same guys (Legends) who won several matches for us home and away are now an aging lot and we are quickly going the Australia way. India in their prime Won matches all over the world in every country and were a terrific team for some duration, why else would India be no.1 one for 2 years and SA only for few days?

  • DINESHCC on July 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    RAJU KRISH: Even Vinod Kambli made two double hundreds in test. Don't compare Rohit with Kambli. At the most he can be compared with Ravindra Jadeja

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    no doubt if anybody crosses the record of sachin it wud be the man kholi ........

  • g.narsimha on July 23, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    SANDY BANGOLORE-U always sound negitive on our team if u r true indian fan than u must apriciate this team which gave us immense pleasures in the past , as our friends across the borders celebrates our 2 away loses in ENG, AUS it seems u r not deferent from those who are still celebrating our away loses in recent past , no team , except SA some extent are better off when they comes out of their comfort zone , even ENG which white washed IND in ENG was PATHETIC at UAE but no ENGLISH who declared their team as world beaters after heroics against IND at home criticised their team as u r doing , u r trying to find foult even in a win , i wonder what would have been u r reaction if we had lost this match i believe u r anti india rantings are surly driven by non cricketing factors as in the case of our friends across the borders. i dont agree that only a small section supports this team i believe only few among our indian think in this negitive way on our team .

  • satish619chandar on July 23, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    He is in great form.. 100 in 4 out of 5 games is good record(Irrespective of pitches and opponents).. He need to show it in tests too.. I think he will be elevated to No.3 in tests.. He is more secure and can show his natural game there.. He is not that good in shepherding the tail and building innings around them.. It needs a quality.. I would like India to try Kohli at 3 and Pujara at 5.. VVS back to his no.6..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 23, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Congrats to Kohli. On the other hand, Sangakkara played defensively for his century and that ultimately costs Lankans.

  • sandy_bangalore on July 23, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @Chokkashoka: Alls well with the universe just because we won against the likes of mathews and kulasekara. Can stop laughing man! Remember the thrashings that our flat pitch champs got last year. In fact, u belong to a small section who think that we have a world beating team. Most of us know the truth-great on flat pitches but clueless elsewhere, inculding turners. Now you can go back to cheering for this overhyped team

  • chokkashokka on July 23, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Finally the cricket scene is alive again - the Indian powerhouse is back on show the Indian bats are firing and all is well in the universe again. Great article - the talent of Kohli is undebatable. And it will only get better from here - a batsman reaches his potential after 30. With the wonders of diet, nutrition and exercise science, these guys will light up the record books. The truth about Indian batting bashing coming out - one simple question - why have England prepared a low slow wicket when the South Africans are visiting? The juicy bouncy wickets are only meant for the teams from the sub continent. They will dare not prepare such wickets for Australia or South Africa. Can't wait till this winter for that series in the sub continent.

  • Rajah_skn on July 23, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    We have to see in what situation he made those hundreds and valuable runs. Most were in need situation. We have seen him in most of the matches "adapting to the situation". That is why he is one of the best now and he will be a shining star in future. The maturity in the age of 23 is great. Really a great match winner. Long way to go Kohli. Best wishes.

  • pkhunter on July 23, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Kohli has excellent technique, although his record outside the subcontinent needs to improve. I would love to see his showing this kind of quality in England and Australia.

  • Vikum72 on July 23, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    It seems Sri Lanka just don't know how to get Kohli out! I remember when ST first came to the seen, a century is almost assured whenever he played against SL. We had to learn how to win despite a ST 100. One thing I'm sad to note about SL team is that we are slow learners. It takes us far longer than other teams to come up with a plan to get someone out. Remember Afridi, Saeed Anwar, Seedu, ST...its a long list! In fact I wonder whether India & Pakistan always knew this and used SL team to blood their young batsmen. Nothing to boost your confidence like a debut hundred.

  • cisco420 on July 22, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    He is an excellent talent.I Luv to watch him bat.

  • lovepork on July 22, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Virat Kohli the man to watch in future! he will break a lot of records! he is very positive, fearless and aggressive unlike his predecessors and has a very good temparament! Good luck "young turk" you rock!

  • frankanderic on July 22, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Kapil dev said that sachin's records will be broken and even sachin himself had said that it will be achieved by am indian. I am sure they are talking about virat kohli

  • MinusZero on July 22, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I have been saying for some time that Kohli is the next big thing in India. I hope he can do well in tests too, thats where the run scorers will be needed very shortly.

  • KosalaDeSilva on July 22, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    He is a one talented player... great to have in any side...

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    i think that rohit might seat on the sideline because he is not in form and might give monoj a chance

  • Mahesh_Lolokpuri on July 22, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a very good player, but i don't think we saw the complete potential of that guy yet...this is just the beginning of him. He plays very well in the sub-continent and comparitively less outside, once he starts scoring runs outside india he is the man to watch for to go past sachin tendulkar. He really is wonderful.

  • on July 22, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Kohli reminds me a lot about the great aussie Ricky Ponting when he started out. Very similiar in playing style attitude and temperment. But that said comparing him to the greats is pre mature. But he certainly has got some great footsteps to follow

  • on July 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Well Well Well.... U have that POWER and determination.......... Keep that going.... Seems to achieving something big than our Master Mr.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.............. All the Best for Kohli..... Hope he does stand to ur Expectation :) :)

  • SHAH_SHARABI on July 22, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    He is one of the best batsmen in cricket today and the best thing of all is that he is a team player/ match winner. He will undoubtedly be one of the best batsmen of all time, no one else has made an impact like him as far as i can remember. he thrives under pressure unlike anyone else i have seen.

  • on July 22, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Really a class player. And surely he has raised the bar to be a top tier player. In 90's players with a batting average around 40 were considered to be top tier. In 2000's it reached to 45 and now in 2010's this guy is elevating it to 50. A true master class batsman. And I do agree with many other that he is a Match Winner player..

  • on July 22, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    India should give a chance to Manoj Tiwary. He is one of the best batsmen in the Indian team.

  • on July 22, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    nice work man best in current generation

  • arup_g on July 22, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Kohli is continuously setting the benchmark for the rest of the Indian team by these level headed match winning performances. He is a serious talent, and should not be compared to the likes of Sharma and Rahane anymore - he is far better and has taken his chances at the top level, which Sharma has not! Kohli will no doubt take this good form into the test level and the series vs England will be a very important one. The number 6 slot is his to lose, and there is nothing stopping him from batting at 5 to get more time with the middle order, and drop Laxman who hasn't got much of a future at the top level anyway.

  • on July 22, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Virat Kohli - The guy with great potential...with days passing by, he's becoming more responsible and has started valuing his wicket...I see him as the future Captain of Team India...great going champ, keep it up !!!

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 22, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (July 22 2012, 16:10 PM GMT),He is young and played only 8 test matches .4 against WI and 4 against Australia( didnt play in england).He played first time in Australia last summer and got one and only maiden 100 there in aus.He got 3 fifties as well ,among the 2 came in Australia.Infact he was the only one who batted well among all his senior teammates.Regarding amla and kallis,they are a quality batsman with lots of international experience and it's always a treat to watch,but quality British bowling attack? I doubt so,when I last checked the score SA 600/2

  • on July 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Time to add the last quality that will make him a true great- Humility!

  • on July 22, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    One thing is sure. Kohli is best Indian Batsman of all time and has potential to be the all time best in the world. Without much hype, he simply dominates and makes it look easy. He is aggressive unlike tendulkar who was sheepish, he is a team player unlike a few selfish Indian batsman who played for their records, and he is a winner unlike many Indian greats who will make centuries at such a pace that India will lose the match.

    While Indian commentators are busy hyping bombay ducks such as Nohit Sharma, all international commentators have hailed Kohli a true tiger. Keep it up Bravo you are India's answer to the world. BTW has any one any idea why and how Nohit Sharma keeps getting selected in the team?

  • Trigger123 on July 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    The catch that Kulasekara caught of Shewag was clean out. Even Tony was telling it was out and i cant believe that with all the technology they cant get a better view of that & what the point of bluffing about the ultra motion camera while they cant capture a single catch clearly..thats could have been change whole match.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on July 22, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Virat Kohli, i consider him Ricky Ponting of Indian Cricket... whoever compares him with Rohit i strongly believe he should not b compared with him.. Virat is 100 times better thn Rohit Sharma, who consistently fails. Go on Virat u r our next captain keep the good work going. i have always seen Ricky Pontings shadow in U.

  • on July 22, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    make rohit sharma sit out and get manoj tiwary in the team he is also great capable batsman for test and ODI

  • El_Toro_Loco on July 22, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Once again these type of articles raving about indian batters making a pile of centuries in sub-continent, only! Where was this kind of Mr. kohlii's performance in the tours of England & Australia, recently? If you want to talk about the true performers, home & abroad, then start watching Hashim Amla & Jacque Kallis in current test against a top class British bowling attack. Ciao.....

  • on July 22, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Agreed Rohit has good talent or wasted talent... but a long rope has been given to him, not sure why? A bad attitude shown while batting, good example is this match .. was trying to demostarte the ball kept low.. but it hit the top of the stumps.. not sure what he was trying to act out.

  • on July 22, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Comparing Kohli with Rohit Man where on the earth you are Kohli was giving every thing for the Blue Jersey to make India become #1 But Rohit never did any kind of job and in pressure he will always Gives his wicket where as Kohli never give it I don't think Rohit can sustain the Pressure where Kohli faced in WC final soon after Sachin got out and one more wicket then India will collapse at that time and He did what he Needs to save and In Australia earlier this year chasing 320+ in 40 over No way Rohit do that Probably Rohit will do that for Mumbai Indians rather than for the Team India

  • India_boy on July 22, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    being from Delhi myself, I am massively and doubly proud that the top 3 - sehwag, gauti and kohli are all from Delhi. But it is our misfortune that these 3 hardly play together in Ranji Trophy or else ! hope Kohli continue in the same vein, and with Yuvi paaji back in another couple of months, things have started looking up again! please make irfan pathan a permanent fixture in the team and kick out Rohit sharma, Vinay kumar and ojha...they are a D.R.A.G

  • on July 22, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    This is the time to get rid from Tendulkar now

  • chaitanya1219 on July 22, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Been following virat frm his U-19 dayz and dis lad has been special frm dose dayz but da most astonishing part is transition of dis lad frm a flamboyant player to matured player and itz gr8 to see dis yh he often gets excited sometimes abuses dis may irk many folks but for me datz one of da way 2 show ur passion and i dunn feel wrong in dat gesture dis lad has grown from strength 2 strength wat i like most abt him is da way he cemented his place in FAMED indian batting lineup by consistently performing future LEGEND in making dis may be 2 early 2 comment but if dere is any player who can break da records of GOD OF CRICKET den he (virat) is da man hope virat continues his form and help india win dis series

  • POONAANAL on July 22, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Virat has everything to be a successful indian cricket team vice captain. His concentration and skills are excellent. He is a role model for youth in India. Keep doing & wish you all the BEST.

  • on July 22, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    guys rohit sharma has a lot of talent..we all know how well he plays against westindies in westindian pitches or in any pitches..but sincerely he is wasting d talent..hope dat he wil perform well in remaining matches......otherwise if he not performs well he will be out of d team for atleast 2 months.......

  • on July 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    No comparison of Kohli with Rohit please.. Rohit doesnt deserve to be in this team.. PLease give chance to others.. Manoj Tiwary has been on the sidelines for a long time.. You cant support a long time failure Rohit sharma all the time.. Need to train Manoj and not Rohit.. He is fit for IPL only...

  • golgoal on July 22, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @Vishnu Vardhan Manchala : Absolutely spot on mate. Hit the bull's eye. Hope Rohit starts coming good soon.

  • dariuscorny on July 22, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    question to all of you here,What is talent?well,i answer this,in cricket to score tons of runs in almost every condition is something which is called "Talent".so, for me,Rohit has no talent unless he proves us wrong by going the "Virat" way.So Virat is more talented than Rohit.coz Talent is all about scoring runs.guys if you agree ,hit maximum 'likes'.....ok just kidding.but remember talent means scoring runs nothing else(if you are a batsman)......

  • SL_Cric on July 22, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka has several Batsman who can score centuries,unfortunately we dont have batsmans who can win matches..I still remember Those Jayasuriya's days...he was always positive,,not like Sanga...If yesterday century came from Jayasuriya's bat victory could be ensured..we are mising him LOT now..

  • sachin_saurav on July 22, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    well well..kohli desrves the praise goin around makin centuries..he's a matchwinner,classy and all auguring well for indian cricket..but maintaining success is another thing. everyone goes through a prime in his career and then a slump..coming back after that needs resolve and we have still to see wat exactly is he made up of. WISH HIM LOADS OF LUCK

  • POONAANAL on July 22, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    No doubt, Virat is india's ponting! I wish he creates his own style in batting and fielding. Can control his emotions & be cool like his captain. Future Indian cricket leader. Wish him the BEST.

  • Romenevans on July 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    did i miss somthing? LOL someone compared Kohli and Rohit? Who is Rohit anyway? I dont even know him even after watching him play for India Zillion'th time. Don't even compare Kohli to Rohit. Kohli has already achieved what Rohit can't even dream about in light years ahead. if you want to compare Kohli...compare him with Ab Develiers....Both Kohli and AB are such priceless treat to watch....Go on Kohli...and common gimmie a break for Mr. Super talented Nohit Sharma.

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    He has not played much of test cricket so no need to doubt him...He is technically correct and hence I am sure he will be able to do well in the tests too!!

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    i have notice tht irfan pathan score around 1300 runs in around odi and rohit sarma scored around 1900 runs who is better.......irfan or rohit...........drop rohit he is just a domestic player................

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @ TOPIC ..... 0bviosuly Kohlii is a class batsman, doesn't go for big shots, keeps picking singles and doubles and when required goes for big shots. And when India struggled on foreign soil in Test matches, he and Umesh Yadav were the only positives for India. And in CB series and Asia Cup the way he scored BIG BIG TONS under pressure, to keep in hunt for finals and moreover whn everyone was criticizing India including Indian Cricket Experts, he raised to the occasions bot the times and did what NOBODY would have dreamt. I know many Cricket fans admire him but due to their ego they can't /w'l NEVER praise him as he belongs to Team India ! lol .. and boy people say he is aggressive but I say he should be coz a calm Kohli would not be dangerous. Aggression is what keeps encouraging him to perform consistently. He is INDEED HUNGRY FOR MORE n MORE runs. Top class international fielder. Speaks Well. Good looking. Has got huge Females Fan Following. All in all,a Crktr every team wd wnt 2 hve

  • cricfan100 on July 22, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Hope sangakkara can learn a lesson or two on how to pace an innings.

  • on July 22, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Please don't compare class player Virat Kohli against Rohit..Kohli is future Sachin tendulkar and Rohit is Vinod Kambli

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    How come rohit be termed 'most talented' of the lot??? Yes may be in showing how careless one can be in their national duty. Come on rohith u r playing for ur country not for ur club/ street. Start showing results.........................

  • 777aditya on July 22, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    if this guy, as he says, is a sheet anchor, what India needs is someone to play around him - the likes of Dhoni, Raina, Rahane (if picked), Irfan, can take on the charge. Not to forget how well Virat handled Malinga (touted the best ODI bowler worldwide currently) when in Australia. Controlled aggression is much more dangerous than mindless hitting - he should set himself lofty targets like perhaps 50 tons in ODIs and not rest on his laurels!

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    difference between Rohit sharma and kohli is the confidence.. Even though the Rohit Sharma is immensely,he lacks confidence.

  • kingcobra85 on July 22, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    He is the best young batsmen in the world! He is going to break some records

  • krishheturi on July 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    brothers dont take this indian sub continent pitches into consideration and take the decisions that one is better and other is not we all know that rohit played well in west indies odi series but not in good form today so he may take some time if we compare these two and say drop one of them then the people who are asking are killing indian cricket because they cannot play and say that one is not playing it in my opinion rohit kohli rahane tiwary are to be played in the next coming series because these take india to #1 not others

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    ... i m never bored watching him bat ....... even he defends . his techniques are so amazing and balance ......................... our nepalese cricket players should learn from ...................

  • on July 22, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    he's champion no doubt..........his skill,temperament & technique is just awesome........he's playing d role of a sheet anchor......& he will score in test matches also.......last time in australia he was donly indian to score 100 in tests as well as in odis........most importantly he' technically strong.........dats y he's d best batsman in d current batting line-up..............

  • aarfeen on July 22, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    oh! dear grow up now & stop comparing kohli with rohit sharma... kohli is far much much much much.....better than shrma , raina, or any other yougster....kohli u got golden chance to be the 1st in ICC ranking..plzzzzz pzlzzz dont waste it !!!

  • SLfan on July 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Wow ! This guy is sheer class...Hats off.

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    oh come on !! stop comparing kohli with rohit sharma !! kohli performs for india and rohit performs in ipl. thats it !! i hope kohli remains in the same form for atleast 2 yrs and i hope tht dhoni and selectors shd not change his position from no.3 !! no need of sachin in the odi team any more we have rahane and tiwary already waiting frm past 2-3 series on bench !! only once yuvi comes back then drop rohit or ojha !! other wise this team luks settled team with dinda and aaron as backups for zaheer and rahane,saha and tiwary for batting !!

    kohli rocks !! come on kohli long way to go !! no batsman can do what kohli had achieved in odi cricket !! chasing 320 in 36 overs and has been the best chaser in odi cricket almost 6 of his centuries came in chases tht too all above 300+ target .

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    way to go kohli, the best young batsmen out there

  • hussyboy81 on July 22, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    he has hit a purple patch and should make the most of it..... Rohit should take inspiration from this young lad... amazing consistency!

  • on July 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    they say he is a champion in odi cricket, lets be honest here to ourselves, the world cup is played in Odi not in test, and its crickets biggest tournament, so lets be thankful he play well in the format that is most significant. i am sure, he will do well in test matches as well. he has only played 8 matches.

  • neerajprasher on July 22, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Dont compare Kohli with Rohit sharma.I think ashwin is better than rohit sharma.i dont why they keep picking rohit for every single series.he is not good at all.they should give chance to tiwary or rahane.

  • on July 22, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    India may have more talented youngsters, but Kohli is the one with grit and determination to succeed. We need players like Kohli not the one like Rohit who looks careless but immensely talented.

  • warneneverchuck on July 22, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Difference between kohli and sharma one scores only in IPL whereas other when playing for India

  • Harmony111 on July 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Kohli a great ODI batsman? This is something most of non-Indian fans would never ever admit. They would call Sachin selfish but would hail Sangakkara for a crawling ODI 100. They would call Viru a Flat Track Bully even if he scores 219 ignoring the fact that their own Jayasuriya used to score on these flat beds too and even then could go only as high as 189. Fact is, for most of the non-Indian fans, anything that India achieves has to be derided. WC 2012? - Oh that came at home and there was dew in the 2nd innings. 321 chase in 37 overs? - Oh that was nothing but a flash in the pan. #1 Test ranking? - Oh that was cause India played 'mostly' at home. #1 ODI ranking? - Oh that was for a short time only. Sachin's 100 Int 100s? - Oh that is a meaningless stat. Boucher's 998 Intl dismissals? - Now that is something. Indians scoring loads of runs? - Oh they score at home. Indians scoring runs away? - Oh the track was flat and the bowlers were poor.

  • AMAZINGFAN on July 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    virat has scored runs in sa,eng,wi,aus in odi's.he is one of the best odi batsman at the moment.i still hav some doubt abt him as test batsman.but he is really a champion in one day format.

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  • AMAZINGFAN on July 22, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    virat has scored runs in sa,eng,wi,aus in odi's.he is one of the best odi batsman at the moment.i still hav some doubt abt him as test batsman.but he is really a champion in one day format.

  • Harmony111 on July 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Kohli a great ODI batsman? This is something most of non-Indian fans would never ever admit. They would call Sachin selfish but would hail Sangakkara for a crawling ODI 100. They would call Viru a Flat Track Bully even if he scores 219 ignoring the fact that their own Jayasuriya used to score on these flat beds too and even then could go only as high as 189. Fact is, for most of the non-Indian fans, anything that India achieves has to be derided. WC 2012? - Oh that came at home and there was dew in the 2nd innings. 321 chase in 37 overs? - Oh that was nothing but a flash in the pan. #1 Test ranking? - Oh that was cause India played 'mostly' at home. #1 ODI ranking? - Oh that was for a short time only. Sachin's 100 Int 100s? - Oh that is a meaningless stat. Boucher's 998 Intl dismissals? - Now that is something. Indians scoring loads of runs? - Oh they score at home. Indians scoring runs away? - Oh the track was flat and the bowlers were poor.

  • warneneverchuck on July 22, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Difference between kohli and sharma one scores only in IPL whereas other when playing for India

  • on July 22, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    India may have more talented youngsters, but Kohli is the one with grit and determination to succeed. We need players like Kohli not the one like Rohit who looks careless but immensely talented.

  • neerajprasher on July 22, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Dont compare Kohli with Rohit sharma.I think ashwin is better than rohit sharma.i dont why they keep picking rohit for every single series.he is not good at all.they should give chance to tiwary or rahane.

  • on July 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    they say he is a champion in odi cricket, lets be honest here to ourselves, the world cup is played in Odi not in test, and its crickets biggest tournament, so lets be thankful he play well in the format that is most significant. i am sure, he will do well in test matches as well. he has only played 8 matches.

  • hussyboy81 on July 22, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    he has hit a purple patch and should make the most of it..... Rohit should take inspiration from this young lad... amazing consistency!

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    way to go kohli, the best young batsmen out there

  • on July 22, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    oh come on !! stop comparing kohli with rohit sharma !! kohli performs for india and rohit performs in ipl. thats it !! i hope kohli remains in the same form for atleast 2 yrs and i hope tht dhoni and selectors shd not change his position from no.3 !! no need of sachin in the odi team any more we have rahane and tiwary already waiting frm past 2-3 series on bench !! only once yuvi comes back then drop rohit or ojha !! other wise this team luks settled team with dinda and aaron as backups for zaheer and rahane,saha and tiwary for batting !!

    kohli rocks !! come on kohli long way to go !! no batsman can do what kohli had achieved in odi cricket !! chasing 320 in 36 overs and has been the best chaser in odi cricket almost 6 of his centuries came in chases tht too all above 300+ target .

  • SLfan on July 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Wow ! This guy is sheer class...Hats off.