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Virat Kohli shows glimmers of a captain

Though Virat Kohli has always become a stand-in captain in the absence of regular Indian cricket captain M.S. Dhoni he is definitely captain material. The zeal of this young man who is not yet 26 has got it in him to lead India from the front. It definitely is time for Dhoni to take a back seat and put Virat in the hot seat for furthering the destiny of the Indian cricket team. It must also be said that the Indian team needs the players of the caliber of Dhoni who is perhaps the best finisher in the game of cricket today. Dhoni must assist Virat with his extensive knowledge base and experience. It is very unfortunate but also a fact that Dhoni with his captain cool image has not been able to inspire his fellow players to perform to their level best under trying circumstances.

In the extremely competitive environment of the cricket playing world India has been facing consecutive setbacks on overseas tours. One of the reasons for these humiliating outings have been the overprotective nature of Dhoni that has always restrained players from going to an all out approach for securing a win. Secondly it also seems that players have taken their places in the team for granted and have not been duly prepared before the overseas tours to face the challenges at hand. Shikhar Dhawan’s incorrigible batting in South African and Kiwi pitches proved beyond doubt his lack of practice. Even after repeated failures batsmen and bowlers have not been chucked off to give fresh blood a chance to gain experience. It is very sad that in a country like India where cricket is followed crazily we have not been able to generate trained alternatives to take up positions in the Indian national squad. Is it not a sad story that there is only one Dinesh Karthik to replace Dhoni as wicket-keeper! Why was Dinesh not given chances well in advance to gain adequate experience? Why has Raina been continuously playing for India despite his below par performances? Dhoni under the umbrella of Srinivasan have been running the Indian team like their household allowing no one to blossom endangering Dhoni’s captaincy. Yet today it is at stake.

Indian cricket has today got a darling of the crowds Virat Kohli who has been in stupendous form regularly slamming centuries in One-Day Internationals. Kohli is also a fantastic player in Test matches as well. He was India’s stand-in captain for the Asia Cup and has reclaimed the No 1 position in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen on the conclusion of the Asia Cup. Kohli had been trailing No 1 ranked South African batsman AB de Villiers by two ratings points before the inter-sub-continental tournament commenced. Kohli has accumulated 189 runs in his three Asia Cup matches amassing 12 ratings points to soar ahead of AB de Villiers by nine ratings points. Virat Kohli born to Saroj and Prem Kohli on November 5, 1988 has also received the Arjuna Award for Cricket, People’s Choice Awards India for Favorite Sportsperson in the past. This middle order Indian batsman plays right-handed and is a part of the Royal Challengers, Bangalore in the IPL tournament. A modern-day cricketer Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively. He is matured enough to carry the weight of an entire innings on his shoulders ensuring wins for India with his incredible bat. He has an eminent and indispensable position in the Indian cricket team and will ultimately become captain. He can perhaps transform the declining fate of Indian cricket team who are to defend their one-day world title in the coming year in 2015.

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