‘Chase-master’, ‘Run-machine’ or ‘King Kohli’ – whatever you may call him – India captain Virat Kohli is unarguably the best batsman in the world at the moment. Forget about his contemporaries (Steve Smith, Joe Root or Kane Williamson) who are constantly been put in the same bracket along with him, Kohli’s records tell an altogether different story. With the speed, he is breaking records every day it won’t be an exaggeration to say the Kohli might end up his career as cricket’s greatest-ever batsman, even ahead the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara or Viv Richards.
During the second ODI against Windies in Visakhapatnam, the 29-year old Kohli bettered his idol Sachin Tendulkar’s record of touching the 10,000-run mark in limited-overs by an incredible 54 innings. He also went past 1000 runs in the calendar year in only 11 innings, which is also the fastest in international cricket.
On the way, the Indian captain also smashed his 37th ODI ton, his second consecutive century in the five-match series versus Windies. However, what caught everyone’s attention was Kohli’s post-hundred celebrations which definitely had a hidden message for his fans and critics.
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Throughout his career, Kohli has always been regarded as an emotional player, his passion for the game or the hunger for wins is simply unparalleled. He is often seen producing intensive celebrations after reaching hundreds or scaling different milestones in his career. This time it wasn’t an outburst of emotions but rather a calming sense of his mental solitude which wanted to answer some critics.
Later, the visitors stole a tie from India with Shai Hope’s gutsy hundred in an exhilarating manner on Wednesday. India notched up 321 for six, while the West Indies, needing 14 runs in the final over and five off the last ball, levelled the score with Hope (123 not out) cutting Umesh Yadav for a boundary.
Besides Hope’s ton, there was also Shimron Hetmyer’s 94-run blitzkrieg. Kuldeep Yadav showed his worth again with three wickets.
Opting to bat, Kohli fired 157 off 129 balls, while Ambati Rayudu, who is seen as the answer to the team’s persistent problems at the number four slot by Kohli himself, made a fluent 73 off 80 deliveries.