Virat Kohli’s 33rd ODI hundred helped India to a six-wicket win over South Africa in the first match in Durban. The man led from the front and ensured the visitors had an early advantage in the 6-match series. It was also a good start to 2018 for him with one Test and one ODI ton to his name.
But let’s be honest, does it come as a surprise anymore? It should not. Since taking over the reins in all formats just over a year ago, Kohli’s game has been exactly that – lead by example and spur his players to do their best.
The man’s captaincy has earned the praise of one of the best skippers in the world, Mike Brearley.
“I haven’t been close enough to Kohli but I admire him enormously, he has given the team pride and aggression. He is always attentive, keen eyed, he is a wonderful batsman and he is shrewd,” said the former England skipper.
Now those words are by no means far-fetched. He is a thinking cricketer and one most not mistake his aggression with rash thinking. Kohli has a method to his madness and calculates every move he makes. More often than not, it reaps dividends for Team India.
His aggression is just because of his desire to see the team do well and his anger at failure proves just how high he sets the bar for himself.
Recently in a Test vs South Africa he was seen displaying a lot of rage after getting out because he knew the price of his wicket. As a captain he knows he is not doing the team any favours when he fails with the bat.
Kohli’s hard attitude has rubbed onto his teammates. MS Dhoni was a skipper who kept calm in the exterior and make no mistake the new breed of cricketers under him were no less deadly. However, what Kohli brings to the table is a new level of ruthlessness. Be it with the bat or at the helm, his brain is like a computer which is always trying to decode a plan to bring down the opposition.
On the field you can almost feel him plotting, while batting one can sense him analysing. At the end of the day he knows how much of an impact any decision he makes both as batsman and skipper is bound to have an effect on the match. Well, when you are in charge and also the best player in the team, it’s something you get used to.
The man averages over 50 in all formats, is breaking records and will break may more and as a leader has taken the team to a new zenith. Taking over from someone like Dhoni who has won us 3 ICC events is no easy job, but Kohli learnt from the best, now he is putting his knowledge to good use.
The World Cup is just over a year away and India are targeting a 3rd title. Well when all is said and done, let’s just be glad we have somebody like Kohli in the side – both as a batsman and as a captain.
With inputs from TOI.
News credit : Indiatimes