Its third ODI against New Zealand, and air filled with sparks of joy as India defeated Kiwis. The main credit for the win was dedicated to Young blood Virat Kohli. It was his remarkable 26th century which accolades India, this deserving win. Surely, the arriving footsteps of the right-hander, Virat Kohli is authenticating is advent into the prestigious group of most century scorers – after Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28).
So, what’s that usual strand that slides him under unusual league?
That drive, which makes him extraordinary?
Well, the legend himself, Sunil Gavaskar believes that it is the appropriate use of real batting techniques used by Kohli which makes him stand out and achieve such marvelous feats.
“That’s the beauty of Virat Kohli’s batting. It’s so pleasing to see Virat scoring all those runs without playing any crude shots and using all cricketing shots. Obviously, some of the shots will be go up in the air but he does it in a way that purists won’t cringe at his slogging,” NDTV Sports quoted Gavaskar as saying.
With the advent of T20, many batsmen of today play slog shots to score quick runs, but Kohli stays away from it. If we analyse Kohli’s innings of 154 runs in the third ODI, he scored runs quickly, and also played aerial shots. But all of those were cricket shots, mostly showing full face of the bat to the ball which makes former India captain Sunil Gavaskar sing huge praise for the India Test captain.
However, this is not the only quality which 27-year-old ace batsman bears Along with many analytical qualities, Kohli, while batting, makes scoring look as easy as he can pierce the gap brilliantly to hit a boundary. He also takes occasional risks, lifting the ball in the air, but calculates perfectly to hit it over the fielder to perfection. Due to such skills which Virat has developed, earned and was gifted with, compels Gavaskar to compare Kohli’s mind to computer.
“Kohli’s mind is like computer. It gauges where the fielders are easily and helps him clear the in-fielders easily,” Gavaskar said.