Virat Kohli – The new gentlemen of Indian Cricket
Once again, ‘Virat Kohli’ became the toast of nation last night after playing the innings of his life against Australia in a virtual quarter-final of ICC World Twenty20 2016. He smashed match-winning 82* off 51 balls that included nine scintillating boundaries and two magnificent maximums. His ‘One-man army’ act of demolition captivated the exuberant Mohali crowd who looked stunned and was awestruck after witnessing sheer brilliance from the Delhi-born lad.
Roadworks sign .. Danger , Genius at Work #Kohli— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) March 27, 2016
Just like the old classic ‘The Terminator’, Kohli played the role of protagonist to perfection where he calculatedly terminated all the assassins in a brutal yet very professional manner. Heaps of praise from all corners of the world and from whole cricketing fraternity showered on this true genius of Indian cricket who has made it a habit of winning it for his nation.
However amidst all this euphoria around him, we saw a very uncharacteristic Kohli in the after match presentation who looked humble and perplexed after winning the game. When MS Dhoni hit a winning shot off James Faulkner, Kohli was at the non-striker’s end watching the skipper with an elegant poise and calm demeanour. This seems pretty ironic to the Kohli of old times who used to believe in wearing his emotions on his sleeve and thereby, lacked foresightedness in his approach. His promotion from a brash heroic status to a nation’s icon speaks volume about his playing mannerisms.
Ultimately going by his latest on-field behaviour one can say, Kohli found the last ingredient to be a great modern-day cricketer – ‘Humility’. One can easily talk about his aggression or amateurish behaviour on the ground in which he used to indulge in many on-field spats and often seen chirping with the opponents. But, in the game against Pakistan in World T20, much against his usual arrogance, Kohli bowed to the crowd after hitting a brilliant half-century. Similarly in the last game against Australia, the champion expressed his happiness in the most subtle manner after winning the match. Slowly and gradually, Virat is ticking all the boxes of becoming a true gentleman in the ‘Gentlemen’s game’. It definitely seems like the man has not only grown as a cricketer but as a human being as well.
Take a bow Champ!
Kohli in last 10 T20Is: