It is a common saying in cricket that the true measure of a player’s class is how he performs in pressure situations. Virat Kohli is a step ahead. The vice-captain and star batsman has a knack of coming and scoring in every match, pressure situation or not. Whether India needs to be put runs on the board or chase a total, the team always looks up to Kohli for providing the momentum or the blast depending on the situation. And he hardly disappoints.
An classic example is the recent ODI between Australia and India in Jaipur where chasing 360, Kohli came after an exceptional start by the openers and scored a century in 52 balls to become the Indian with the fastest ODI century eclipsing Virender Sehwag’s 60 ball effort. With his performances and his passion, Kohli is being projected as the man who will carry the weight of the nation’s hopes in the years to come and quite rightly so. Virat Kohli is the future of Indian Cricket.
Even though his career is a little over 5 years, he has managed to give a fair impression of what to expect from him. Here, I look at a few records that Kohli can break in the coming years if he keeps going the way he is.
1) Most centuries by a player in ODI cricket
The record holder currently is the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. With 49 ODI tons from 463 matches, Sachin Tendulkar have set the bar sky high but as he himself believes, if anybody can do it, it has to be Virat Kohli. Kohli has so far scored 16 centuries in 117 matches with nearly a century in every 7 matches compared to Tendulkar’s, who scores one in every 9. Since, there is a lot more ODI cricket played than Test Cricket, this record should be within Kohli’s reach so long he manages to keep performing for the next 10 to come.
2) Highest ODI batting average
For somebody who has played at least 10 ODI’s, this record is currently in the kitty of Michal Bevan. Bevan played 232 ODI’s for Australia having scored 6912 runs at an average of 53.58. But, Virat Kohli is not far behind. With 4804 runs at an average of 51.10, he can boast of being the third highest in the list after Bevan and captain cool, Dhoni. With the amount of time he gets to spend on the crease being India’s no 3 position specialist and as he keeps gaining experience, one can certainly expect his average to soar in the coming years.
3) Fastest Century in the World
Most would say that this is a little over the roof but with Kohli, you can never say for sure. He did it in 52 balls against Australia and who knows he might do it in 36. A belter of a pitch, ideal conditions, a weak opposition and Kohli on song is all that’s needed to eclipse Shahid Afridi’s long standing record of the fastest century which he scored in 37 balls.
4) Highest ODI score
Sachin Tendulkar 200 against South Africa in Gwalior was eclipsed by Virender Sehwag’s 219 against West Indies. Perfect example of the statement “records are meant to be broken” isn’t it? Kohli’s highest score currently stands at a whopping 183 in a mere 148 balls which he scored against Pakistan last year. So, give him 50 overs to play someday and you may just get to witness Virender Sehwag’s 219 go down in dust.