16,858 runs in 326 games with 55 hundreds at an average of 55.45. Astounding numbers right? Well these stats belong to our very own Virat Kohli.
The man is a run machine. His latest 160 not out vs South Africa in Cape Town was yet another flash of brilliance. But then, let’s be honest, it does not surprise us anymore. Why? Because when all is said and done, Kohli is a bowler’s worst nightmare.
With an open range of shots, hardly any risk in his strokes and no apparent weakness for the opposition to exploit, he is not the man you want to be bowling to.
When he first started showing signs of being a great player, say around 6 years back, people began to compare him with Sachin Tendulkar. Well forget it folks, he is in a different class altogether. Make no mistake, Sachin was a great player and bowlers were wary of him, but the man did not create fear to the level generated by Kohli. He displays aggression and a certain amount of ruthlessness which most teams cannot handle.
At 29, he already has amassed tons of runs. If he is around for another 6-8 years, which seems likely, expect him to set new benchmarks in batting.
Ladies and gentlemen, he is not the next Sachin Tendulkar, he is the first Virat Kohli. Remember the name!