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Akhil Verma, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Cricket is a game of uncertainties. However, there seems to be an exception when it comes to one player- Virat Kohli. One word which has become synonymous with Kohli is ‘Match Winner’ due to numerous exceptional innings played by him over the years under pressure situations.
Just to quote, if we recall the last two T20 World Cups in 2014 & 2016, we will find that he almost single-handedly took India to winning the World Cup. No doubt, he was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ in both the years. This is great because 20-over format forces batsman to play low-percentage cricket, thus making it extremely difficult to achieve consistency. What makes him a strong contender for best batsman of his generation is the genius he has been in all the three formats of the game. Kohli can score against any team in any format in any situation. What is more important in today’s cricket is not only a good average but also a good strike rate. Virat does it remarkably well when it comes to scoring runs at a brisk pace.
There are many qualities which sets him apart from his contemporaries. Self belief is what makes him withstand the pressure in crunch situations & it is ingrained deep in his persona. Second quality is the passion for the game which can be clearly seen by his aggressive approach on the field. Another quality which makes him super human is the fitness level he has maintained while playing cricket throughout the years across all formats. Lastly, it is his humility which makes him special. Despite setting so many records, he respects all the players.
Virat said a famous line after India won the World cup at Wankhede Stadium in 2011 that “Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years, it was time we carried him”. Indeed, he has taken upon himself the task of being the one-man army that Sachin used to be in the past for Indian cricket team. His records suggest it is time now that we acknowledge this run-machine as the best batsman of his generation.