“I have few years left in my career to enjoy this sport. Playing for the country is a matter of pride and a huge honour. You can’t afford to take any game lightly. You got to be honest to the sport and that is when the sport gives you back. I try to do that. That’s my basic thinking, because you are playing for India and not everyone gets to do that”
Virat Kohli! No need to describe him in detail. Because for the past few years there is no name in cricket, which has been discussed like his. There was a time when we celebrated Sachin and Dravid. Many such Legends. At that time Scoring 1000 runs in a year were considered to be a great achievement. This is not the situation now.
Batting is looking very easy especially when Kohli bats. Virat, himself has scored 973 runs in One IPL Season( 16 matches at an average of 81.08) which lasts for only one month. Yes, haters could call it as luck. But when he scored his 36th 100 hundred at Guwahati yesterday, He became the fourth player to aggregate 2000-plus runs in three consecutive calendar years. Yes, Sachin did it, 2 more players did it. But no one has scored 2500 runs at least once, while Indian Skipper is on the verge of making it thrice.
In 2016 he amassed 2595 runs and in 2017 he scored 2818. This year he already scored 2098 Runs. Interestingly, this year he missed a few matches too. He skipped the Asia Cup. He was not featured in the only test against Afghanistan. But still, he makes 2000+. And 2 more months to go. If there is any player right now, who can make 3k runs from here, it’s him, Virat King Kohli. For Kohli, soil doesn’t matter. Whether its Cape Town, Trent Bridge or Guwahati, he will play his game. Whether Roach or Rabada, he can put it away using those wrists or he can play his trademark cover drive. Even the Format is not a matter. He has 1063 runs in Tests, 889 runs in ODIs and 146 runs in T20Is this year. Different Situations, Different Tracks, Different Formats, but one player;- King Kohli.
King! Is there any objection? If you have, just keep it in your mind itself. Because This man is going beyond all your hate and love. For the last 10 years, we have been noticing him. He already scored 2000 runs in a calendar for 5 times. This Consistency is what makes this man a little bit ahead of other greats. 36 hundred in ODI, 24 in tests, a tally of 60 hundred in 10 years. Purely Magical. Kohli did it in his 386th match, while his idol, Tendulkar took 427 matches. The one in Guwahati was his 22nd during run chases(ODI) and 14th as Captain. This stat underlines his responsibility, as well as his match-winning skills.
So If not today, then when we will call him the King. The ones Who doubted his longevity during his early time, its time to shut your mouth. Because For the last 10 years he has been playing and every year his hunger for runs is only increasing. And if he continues to be honest for the next 10 more years, then we might have to look dictionaries to find a new title. Just 21 runs short. 10000 ODI runs at an average of 58.2 and strike rate of 92+. Maybe the first and last on the planet to do so. King Rule Continues…!!!