“When the tough gets going, going gets tough.”
Virat Kohli had a rough patch in 2015, where he failed to score big on several important occasions. He was then criticized and questioned for being out of form. He averaged about 36 in ODIs and 42 in Tests in 2015.
A year later, he replied all the critics with his stupendous performance and by the end of year he was named as the captain of Indian, replacing Dhoni.
He broke the stint of low scoring in 2016, and became the highest run scorer of the year. He had 1215 Test runs, 739 ODI runs and 641 T20 runs in his dream year 2016.
Kohli’s Year in Review 2017: Mr. Unstoppable and his Journey of Centuries
Virat Kohli started the year with a bang and ended with celebrations. He scored 122 runs in first ODI of 2017 against England, and then the hunger to score runs, as well as centuries, thrived match by match.
Overall, he scored 11 centuries this year, inclusive of Tests and ODIs, and scored 2818 International Runs, falling behind Ricky Ponting’s 2833, just by 15 runs to become Highest run scorer in an International Year by a Captain.
His mammoth 2800+ runs journey consists of six ODI centuries and five 100 plus scores in Test career this year. His highest score in test was 243 against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi and managed to bag 3 double centuries under his name in 2017.
Virat Kohli Performance Review 2017: Outclassing Top Batsmen of the World
India’s Run Machine, Virat Kohli has surpassed several records this year, one of which is highest score in an International year. Joe root falls second in the list with a score of 2092 and Rohit Sharma, the second Indian in the list, stands on the 5th position.
Kohli’s class and consistency is the key to his performance. Till date, he tops the chart of ODI and T20 Batsmen Ranking and stands second in Test Ranking, subsequent to Steve Smith.
Virat has also won 10 awards this year (combining Man of the match and Man of the series) leaving behind Moeen Ali’s seven.
When it comes to chasing the target, Virat Kohli outstands well with an average of 65.30, making him one of the best finisher of the modern era cricket.
His career graph has been progressing throughout and the speed with which he is growing, it is expected that he will break almost all the records that were set by the Legends of Cricket.
‘The more they doubt him, the stronger he comes back.’
The standards he has set for himself in Cricket are such that even if he miss to score a century, or score 50 plus runs, critics start doubting his form. But the level at which, he has mastered himself over the years, makes him to stand firm and, come back even better and powerful.
The reason why Kohli has outclassed other batsmen in the world, is his perpetual consistency, his fitness and the hunger to score more runs, as well as, his ability and thinking to finish the game on a winning note.
The way he has outplayed opponents in past two years, it seems like the year 2018 would be fruitful for him and it is expected that if he continues the current form, he will surely break the tenure of his poor form away from India, in the upcoming overseas season.