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Virat Kohli – the Miracle Man of Indian cricket

This writer is part of a Whatsapp group with a few fellow sports writers to discuss and debate recent happenings across the globe. Following India’s memorable victory in the virtual World T20 quarterfinal against Australia on Sunday, this was the exchange on that very group:

SM: Never seen anyone play like this ever

SR: Insane man

KI: Sensational. No words man…

SM: Seriously

Off course, each of the above statements was written as a tribute to Virat Kohli, who produced an innings so masterful, it is hard to put it into words. So we won’t even attempt to do so.

All cricket fans would have seen or read about the aforementioned knock which secured India a semi-final clash against West Indies. This writer was sitting with a few Indian fans during the match, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the crease, chasing 161. The camera panned to Virat Kohli in the dressing room who already had his helmet on and one of those fans commented, “Why is he sitting in the dressing room with his helmet on?”

It was at that time that a realisation dawned that Kohli was itching to go out to bat and chase these runs down and was merely preparing himself for the same. While it would be extremely cynical to suggest that he was hoping one of the opening batters would get out, his ultimate performance would suggest that Kohli was born for moments like these.

Kohli now records an astonishing 900 (approx.) runs while chasing in T20Is, and has achieved it in just 19 innings. James Faulkner is known as The Finisher but he must have been pitifully embarrassed as he was carted away by the true finisher of the game, Virat Kohli.

As expected, comparisons were made between Kohli and the great Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, at this stage, evokes more of an emotion. Kohli, on the other hand, is an experience – a unique, once-in-a-lifetime one.

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