Virat Kohli: The flag-bearer of Indian cricket

Virat Kohli was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC World Twenty20. The ability to adjust to all formats of the game, makes the 25-year-old Delhi batsman extra special.

updated: April 07, 2014 18:37 IST
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There was a very subtle indication of his successor when Mahendra Singh Dhoni spoke at the post-match presentation ceremony in Mirpur Dhaka on Sunday night. Sri Lanka's six-wicket thrashing of India in the ICC World Twenty20 final was the first big blot in Dhoni's amazing record in finals of ICC tournaments. But Dhoni still spotted the 'positive' amid the gloom in the Indian camp. The only bright spot for India was Virat Kohli. This was clearly Kohli's tournament. (Virat Kohli achieves career-best ranking in Twenty20 internationals)

"Virat has been brilliant in the last few years. He is someone who makes most of the opportunity. The good thing is that he plays authentic shots and still scores runs. He is got a bright future ahead of them," Dhoni said of Kohli, who rightfully won the Man of the Tournament award. (World T20 stat: Virat Kohli, first Indian to post four fifties in the tournament)

Time and again, the 25-year-old Delhi lad has displayed his batting prowess across formats and situations. He has been credited with mastering the art of run chases and praised for his knack of walking in to bat in any situation and taking it by scruff of its neck. Behind those strong wrists that can dispatch any delivery to the mid-wicket fence and the finesse in the stroke-play through covers, lies a firm, determined mind hungry for success. (Virat Kohli named Man of the Tournament in ICC World T20)

In the final against Sri Lanka, Kohli stood tall amidst the ruins. On a wicket where the rest of the Indian batsmen struggled, Kohli was all class and grace. His 77-run knock in the final meant he finished as the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 316 runs in six innings at an average of 106.33. He also became the first Indian to score four fifties in the World Twenty20. According to the ICC, Kohli has attained his career-best No. 2 ranking in T20Is. (Virat Kohli, the lone bright spot in Indian batting)

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