Why Virat Kohli is still feared as a top batsman around the world
Some people have said that Virat Kohli has fallen off his perch atop the cricket world. However, he is still one of the most feared players in the sport. Let’s dive into what makes Kohli such a tough matchup for any player.
The batsman is one of the toughest roles to play in cricket. You need to be coordinated and quick to react against the opposing bowlers. It is a psychological battle combined with the physical aspect that is seen in the hits that you can see in the cricket highlights.
Kohli is the most prominent batsman in the world alongside Pakistan’s superstar Babar Azam. The Men in Blue captain is more well known given that India is regarded as the hub for cricket. His track record also matters given that India has been successful due to his status as a star and being the team captain as well.
He is respected by everyone
When it comes to Kohli, everyone respects his style of play. Everyone knows that he’s an awesome batsman but the way he leads his team should be talked about more. Kohli has led India to so many victories over the years and he’s still in his prime.
While there are players who can play at a similar level like Azam and Kane Williamson, Kohli is still regarded as the best batsman in the world. Even Australian Test captain Tim Paine still sees him as an unforgettable opponent.
‘For Virat Kohli, I've said many times, he seems the type of player you would love to have on your team’, Paine said. ‘He is competitive, he is the best batsman in the world. He is challenging to play against and he can get under your skin because he is so good and he is so competitive. But yeah, for me from where I came from, sharing a feud with him four years ago, He is certainly someone I will always remember’.
He still has a lot of gas left in the tank
When people talk about Kohli, they always seem to talk about his longevity. He has been playing for a long time but he’s only 32 years of age. That is still a young age when it comes to playing cricket. Some players have made it to around 40 years of age which is amazing considering that cricket takes a toll on athletes’ bodies.
It also helps that Kohli’s leadership is valuable enough to keep him around. Even if his body will get weaker as he grows older, that kind of leadership will always be valued by a team that looks to compete in the tough cricket scene.
Mohammed Siraj is a younger player who just made it into the India squad. He credits Kohli for helping him become a better player.
‘He (Virat) has supported me through thick and thin’, Siraj said. ‘He has always been there for me and in all circumstances. I still remember how I was crying in the hotel room. Virat came into my room and hugged me tightly and said - “I am with you, don't worry.” Those words encouraged me a lot’.
It will always be interesting to see people react to how Kohli plays since he’s still one of the world’s best players.
Words: Cholo Martin