A man who wears heart on his sleeve, or a run-machine, or the one who edges to James Anderson delivery? What is your first impression of Virat Kohli? Whatever you think about him, for me it is as simple as: “You can like him, you can hate him, but you cannot ignore him.” For that matter, did you notice the title image of this blog? No? Look at it. Yes? Relook at it. Just look at the intensity in his eyes, even when he’s preparing for a net session. That picture represents the real him. The one who does everything with intensity and passion, on and off the field. I have hardly seen an individual who represents his/her country with so much passion.
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A Virat Cricketer
If you want to judge Virat from the stats, just look at the number of centuries he has scored – 70 international centuries in just 460 international innings. That is one century every 6.57 innings. Isn’t that an insane number? The world’s highest century scorer – Sachin Tendulkar – has a century every 7.82 innings. And to add a perspective, Virat Kohli has an above 50 Avg. in each format at the international level. At least half-century every inning he plays. Aren’t these stats suggest a Virat Cricketer?
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Contribution to Indian Cricket
A batsman of the highest qualities, and a captain belligerent. Virat’s contribution to Indian cricket is enormous, isn’t it? A batsman with the highest centuries during the chase, or the first Indian to win the test series down under. And let’s not forget his contribution to bringing fitness as a dimension into Team India. That has been a major factor in in India’s consistent performance over the past few years.
Do we even need to say that he is a mass youth icon? With more than 75 million followers on Instagram, he’s the most popular Asian, let alone Indian. He hasn’t inspired people just with his game, but even with his fitness levels. He was one of the speakers of the “Fit India” dialogue, an event organized by Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
You have inspired generations with your hard work and passion for the game, and you will continue to do so in the coming years. Happy Birthday, Legend!