Virat is No 1 ODI batsman

Virat Kohli became the number one ODI batsman in ICC ranking after glittering performance against Australia in the just-concluded series in which he amassed 344 runs including 2 massive hundred.
This was the first time that a Delhi lad attained the No 1 spot in his career. He is only the third Indian batsman to achieve this feat, after Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Virat Kohli gets Arjuna award

Virat Kohli was the only cricketer in the list of 15 picked by the awards selection committee.
"Really happy to get the Arjuna award. Happiest moment yet. Thank you everyone for the wishes. :)," tweeted the youngster.

Virat Kohli needs to tone down his aggression and act like a skipper: Azharuddin

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin was critical of young skipper Virat Kohli losing his temper while controversially given out during the second ODI against Zimbabwe.

"You cannot behave like this being the captain of the India. He should behave like a captain. I think he can tone down a little. It looks like he will be leading the country in the next few years, he should behave like one," Azhar had said.

Kohli, miffed at being given out to a controversial catch during the second ODI against Zimbabwe, ended up arguing aggressively with on-field officials even after the third umpire ruled against him.
Azhar advised Kohli to tone down and said it would help him in future.

"He is a good batsman and has been consistent, is a good overall cricketer too... It is good to be aggressive but some things are uncalled for. He has got the opportunity so use it to the maximum," said Azhar.

"Kohli's nature is different; I understand that but then everybody looks upto him. Being aggressive is good but he has to be aggressive from inside, showing it on the outside won't help. If he tones down a little bit it will be good for him," said Azharuddin, under whose captaincy India have won 103 ODIs and 14 Tests.

Virat Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar's ODI century record: Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes young batting sensation Virat Kohli has both the ability and opportunity to break Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 hundred in One Day Internationals.

In the 112 ODI innings he has played so far, Kohli has scored 4919 runs with 17 centuries while Tendulkar at the same number of innings had scored 4001 runs with eight tons.
At the rate the youngster is scoring centuries currently, Gavaskar said Kohli can break Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI hundreds.

Virat Kohli reminds Sir Vivian Richards of himself

Virat Kohli received the biggest compliment of his cricket career with West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards saying that the talented Indian batsman reminded him of his own batting.

"I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression and serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself," Richards said.

"He is an individual who doesn't back off from confrontation. Someone who can stand his ground under pressure. I love that as you can't teach these instinctive aspects," Richards said.

The 61-year-old Richards, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the game's history, said that even while fielding, Kohli is a lot like him. "Just like me, he loves the ball to come to him. He wants to dive, stop the runs. He is a livewire unlike some fielders, who would just dig a hole and dive in it rather than dive to stop the ball!" he said.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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