Bangalore: Nothing spurs him more than a target on sight. It is because of this aggressive attitude that West Indian legend Vivian Richards sees his reflection in Virat Kohli.
With the ability that he has shown in his fledgling career, Kohli is fast catching up with some of the greats of the game.
The 24-year-old is having a dream run. In the current series too, Kohli has batted with inexplicable self-confidence and fluency to see India home in two record run-chases.
The contest is never over for him till the last ball is bowled.
It has boiled down to the deciding match in the series and Kohli is ready to do the job once again for India. “It’s turned out to be a great series for our team in many ways. The way we’ve fought back from different situations. Personally, my form has been pleasing so far but there’s one more game to go."
"It’s been a hard-fought series but I’ve been pleased with my batting and hopefully I can do it again in the last game,” Kohli said on Friday.
In a short span, the Delhi lad has racked up 17 centuries and 11 of them have come in chases. He excelled on the foundation provided by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma on Wednesday and with his stupendous strokeplay took the game away from Australia in Jaipur and Nagpur.
Kohli’s batting is fearless and he thrives on challenges. No matter how tough the situation is, Kohli walks in the middle with a confident swagger. “When there’s a target to chase, it feels good. I can plan my innings better. You can analyse how you want to bat, you can calculate and play – which bowler to target and which bowler you can allow yourself a three-run over against. Even when I’m batting first, I like to build big partnerships,” said Kohli, who is fast developing into a master-of-chases.
He backs his craft with a sound technique and an astute mind. “Well, that’s (technique) the main thing when you want to take on bowlers who’re bowling at 150kph. If you have worked on your technique properly, you can back yourself to hold your position and hit where you want to.”
Kohli belongs to a generation that has grown up seeing Sachin Tendulkar. He confesses how the Tendulkar’s two desert storm knocks inspired him to dream big.
“He’s ( Tendulkar) been my inspiration. After seeing those two knocks in Sharjah, I got really inspired to do something like that for India – win games single-handedly. I used to dream of doing something like that for the country.”
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
Proper technique key to my success: Kohli
Kohli’s batting is fearless and he thrives on challenges.By Avishek Roy | Mail Today – Sat 2 Nov, 2013 11:14 AM IST
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