King Kohli has been the best batsman for a long time and has battled for the top spot with top-class batsmen like Kane Williamson and Babar Azam. Kohli has been at the forefront of the Indian batting attack since a decade and has grown better with age. Needless to say, he got the captaincy handed over to him from none other than Thala when he retired from International cricket.
Virat Kohli played his first ODI for India in 2008 and has been a monumental figure in bringing India to the top. The Indian team has dominated world cricket, and Virat Kohli has to be given a huge credit for it. The King averages 49.95 in Test cricket, 58.07 in ODIs, and 51.50 in T20s. If numbers are anything to go by, then Virat Kohli is the best batsman the world has ever seen. He boasts a top score of 254 not out in Tests, 183 in ODIs, and 94 not out in T20 Internationals.
Virat Kohli - A ‘Cricket’ Wine
He has aged like a fine wine and has scored more every year than the previous one. Until now! Virat Kohli's form has dipped in the ongoing edition of IPL and that is a cause of worry for the Indian national team. The South African national team is scheduled to tour India in June and Virat Kohli's form is a talking point prior to this important series.
They play the first T20 International on June 9, and Indian fans, and International cricket fans alike are praying that the King comes back to form. His cover drive has to be one of the most satisfying shots to see in cricket, and unfortunately we have seen very few of them lately.
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What is very uncharacteristic of the King is that he has suffered three golden ducks this IPL season. This is the first time Virat Kohli has seen such a slump in form and even spoke about this in his post-match presentation in one of the IPL games.
Kohli has now crossed 100 matches and not scored a century. What a shocker! But one consolation is that he scored a mighty 73 off just 54 balls in his last match and helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) make the play-offs. We all are hoping that King Kohli is able to find his form for the IPL and the incoming South Africa Tour of India.
It is Not Easy Being ‘Virat Kohli’
Virat Kohli has suffered a horror 12 months and has given up the captaincy of both the Indian national team and his beloved IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he has been since the starting of the tournament in 2008. The Indian fans, in particular, want to see the King back amongst the runs and take his team over the line.
Rohit Sharma will now be captaining the Indian side and all eyes will be on Virat Kohli. His slump needs to end if India has to win against South Africa. Now that the pressure of captaincy has been taken away from his head, we can only pray and hope that the King finds his form once again and does what he does best, collect runs in huge numbers!