Kohli becomes ‘Virat’ in 2016

New Delhi : Started from gully cricket 18 years back, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, who is often compared with Sachin Tendulkar has now transformed himself into an undoubted ‘Virat’(Giant) of the limited-over cricket.
The 27-year-old is one of those few batsmen who has arrived to this point at such an early stage of his career.
He was fuelled by the art of chasing down big total in any given conditions and one could see his grit and determination in the recently concluded ninth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), a tournament which has become an annual gathering of the greatest proponents of batsmanship. Simplest of all the styles and historically the most destructive one, Kohli started the current year on a brilliant note, he batted like a man possessed.

He smashed three half-century during T20I bilateral series in Australia followed by the Asia Cup in 2016. At the world stage, Kohli upped the ante and walked away with the Player of the Series award for the second successive edition. His thirst for run did not stop as he breached 900-run mark in a single edition of the IPL, which included four centuries and six fifties. Kohli, who is also known as 'Chasemaster', over-shadowed his past performances with his Bradmansque figures. Kohli not only proved his credentials in 2016 but stunned everyone with his array of shots.
He ended the ninth edition of the Indian league as well as World T20 as the leading run-getter. One can say that year 2011 became the turning point of his career as after playing as a reserve batsman for the initial stages in the national team, he was part of the squad that won 2011 World Cup.
The same year, he reached the Numero Uno spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. He also won the 'Man of the Tournament' award at the 2014 World T20I in Bangladesh and the 2016 World T20 in India. The major transformation came about four years ago, it was all about changing the way he approached the game, he hung himself in the right frame of mind in any given circumstances. According to his manager Bunty Sajdeh, Kohli worked a lot on his fitness, in areas like strength and speed. Importantly, he lost weight, which has changed everything for him. The way he amassed runs in 2016 World T20 and IPL, one can easily figure out Kohli loves running twos.
In the World Cup, he had hit 24 twos, which shows the fitness levels he achieved over the years.

After debuting in 2008, the Delhi boy, who is probably the most orthodox, was a bundle of sheer talent. When most experts felt that he did not have the strength to make the cut he proved them wrong with measured in approach and oodles of self-belief. His "meet-fire-with-fire" attitude and the ability to hung in for long periods without the restlessness that marked his early years, has made him a 'go to man' of every player. For a batsman who is in pristine touch, it is difficult to live up to the expectations of game lovers but he has habituated to the pressure. The kind of form he is in 2016, one can say that he has set a whole new benchmark for the term 'in-form'. The boy from Uttam Nagar changed the sense of what it meant to be a consistent batsman. He stood well above everyone else. All others had to be content living in his shadow.

He scored 80, 100(not out), 14, 52, 108(not out), 20, 7, 109, 75(not out), 113 in the last ten occasions at the crease.
The right-hander, so far this year averages just over 93 in the shortest format of the game and this shows that he is redefining the batting standards. Cricket experts often complemented Kohli as a fleet-footed West Indians. A typical modern-day cricketer bares his emotions in public, yet retains the element of maturity. India's recently appointed head coach Anil Kumble had called Kohli one of the best international under-22 players after a lot of deliberation and it would rate as the best compliments he has received. It is also proof of Kohli's transformation as a player in 2016.

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