Is Virat Kohli The Best One Day Cricketer Today?

Virat Kohli Is the Greatest ODI Player at Present

Virat Kohli Is the Greatest ODI Player at Present
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Virat Kohli Scored 133 against Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli Scored 133 against Sri Lanka

There have been talks of Virat Kohli being the best one day cricketer today. Is it true? I feel certainly Virat Kohli deserves this appreciation. In the last one year, his performances were exemplary. In the Australian tour of the Indian team, Virat Kohli was the only successful player in test cricket. In the Commonwealth Bank tri-series, Virat Kohli excelled. He attained his peak form in India’s final match against Sri Lanka when India was required to score 320 runs in 40 overs to get the bonus point. Virat Kohli tore the Sri Lanka bowlers including its Chief bowler Lasith Malinga to pieces and obtained the winning runs for India. He scored 133 runs off only 86 balls.

Virat Kohli Scored 183 against Pakistan

Virat Kohli continued his good form in the recent Micromax Asia Cup tournament also. In the crucial match against Pakistan, Virat Kohli tore the Pakistan bowlers to pieces and made India score the impossible 330 runs to win. Virat Kohli himself scored 183 runs in that match.

Hallmarks of a Great ODI Player

What are the hallmarks of a great ODI player? A great player should have several qualities for being called as great. He should be capable of mounting an attack on the opponents in a chasing situation. He should score runs quickly. In other words, his strike rate should be high. He should be able to achieve impossible targets in quick time. He should score consistently and not once in a while. He should bat without any weaknesses. In other words, he should be able to score in all parts of the field. In crucial situations, he should not get out and let his team down. He should shoulder the responsibility and carry on till the winning target is within sight of his team.

Virat Kohli Is the Greatest ODI Player at Present

Virat Kohli has all these good qualities. It is true that there are some other players also in other teams who possess some of these qualities. For example De Viliers of South Africa, Pietersen of England, Jayawardane of Sri Lanka, Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka, Dilshan of Sri Lanka, Mohammd Hafeez of Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar of India, Mike Hussey of Australia, David Hussey of Australia, Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh all possess these qualities. But compared to other players, Virat Kohli ranks high because he has repeatedly demonstrated these qualities to a very high level of perfection. Therefore I consider Virat Kohli as the greatest one day cricketer in the world at present.

Virat Kohli Is the Greatest ODI Player Ever

Even with past players also Virat Kohli compares well. There had been excellent ODI players in the past like Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Doug Walters, Ross Edwards, Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Alvin Kallicharran and Roy Fredericks among others. But compared to these players, Virat Kohli comes head and shoulders above. The statistics speaks about this and the quality of his play also speaks about this. So, in my opinion, Virat Kohli is not only the greatest ODI player at present, but he is the greatest ever player in ODI. I look forward to more achievements from Virat Kohli in future as he is quite young and only 23 years old.

Comments 9 comments

albin pius 4 years ago

kohli is the future sachin

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Malak Patel 4 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

vaidy 4 years ago

Too early to talk about all time greatness!!

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Malak Patel 4 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

yes albin u r right....

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ronakbhatia 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

Great talent but still has a long way to go. He is on his way to greatness, but he needs to stay away from negative media and controversies.

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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear ronabhatia,

I thank you for your valuable comments. Your views about the media are entirely correct.

Best wishes to you,

Diksha 4 years ago

Kholi ,you are so great player and very..... Beautiful .kholi are future sachin and i like your persnelty

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SAQIB6608 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

He needs to perform on foreign pitches except the sub-continent. arguably blessed with great talent and execution, has all capabilities to break SACHIN,s few records. He needs to be more consistent and step up

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