NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli’s popularity as considered one of cricket’s nice entertainers is well-established, however the India star is not going to be utterly happy till he leaves an indelible mark by profitable the World Cup as captain.
Kohli has been instrumental in constructing on Indian cricket’s wealthy legacy after taking on the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After serving to India reclaim the number-one Take a look at rating, the 30-year-old led his staff to a first-ever Take a look at sequence triumph in Australia in January.
However it’s the opportunity of profitable the World Cup as skipper that almost all evokes the flamboyant batsman, who has amassed 10,843 runs in 227 one-day worldwide matches, together with 41 centuries and 49 fifties.
Kohli nonetheless fondly remembers being a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning staff below Dhoni, who lifted the title on Indian soil, and would like to emulate his predecessor by main his nation to their third world title.
“I’d put the win in Australia at a par with the World Cup. Look, you can not place a World Cup win beneath the rest,” Kohli instructed the Occasions of India newspaper earlier than departing for the event in England and Wales.
“It’s a international event and the importance and the appeal of the event is one thing else. It’s all the time going to be an important event in world cricket.”
Kohli defied critics who had questioned his poor exhibiting on the staff’s 2014 tour of England by hitting 593 runs, together with two tons of, within the five-Take a look at sequence final yr.
However India nonetheless crumbled to a 4-1 defeat, exhibiting he can not will the aspect to victory on his personal.
Kohli’s captaincy has typically been criticised, with former India opener Gautam Gambhir saying the batsman has “hundreds to study” as a frontrunner.
Kohli scored 464 runs within the not too long ago concluded Indian Premier League Twenty20 event however his aspect Royal Challengers Bangalore ended final within the eight-team desk.
When captaining India, Kohli has by no means shied away from counting on the expertise of Dhoni, who is usually seen calling the pictures from behind the stumps.
“It looks as if he’s blissful to see Dhoni deal with some features of his captaincy, particularly within the final 10 overs when he can concentrate on his fielding and take necessary positions within the discipline,” former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar instructed AFP.
“However he’s not utterly depending on Dhoni, that might be incorrect to recommend.”
Kohli, who turned the quickest batsman to succeed in 10,000 ODI runs final yr, is already tipped to overhaul one of many many information held by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.
He has hit 66 centuries throughout all worldwide codecs since his ODI debut in 2008, with Tendulkar holding the report for 100 tons of in his 24-year-old profession.
Kohli’s aggressive on-field manner although has ruffled a couple of feathers.
His verbal duel with Australia skipper Tim Paine in the course of the Perth Take a look at in December was criticised by Manjrekar, who stated the star ought to behave “responsibly”.
No matter his outspoken nature, Kohli’s consistency, attacking fashion and supreme health ranges make him the standout participant on this version of the 50-over World Cup.