Mumbai: Virat Kohli went from being the future of Indian cricket, to 'The Now', during the tour of Australia that saw the Delhi lad assume the throne of India's batting mainstay in all formats.
By the end of the 78-day tour, Kohli had scored more runs than anyone. He participated in all warm-ups, Tests, ODIs, and T20s; bore the brunt of an angry Indian media on few occasions, and even kept India alive in the tri-series with a heroic effort at Hobart. For someone on his first tour to Australia, he displayed veteran-like proficiency. Though he got dragged into few controversies, none could ever doubt his batting prowess.
Along the way, he earned the respect from both dressing rooms, and will be the leading light for India when they return Down Under to defend their World Cup title in 2015.