Feature 44 // 01 Nov 2018, 12:42 IST SHARE Though both players and fans put team performance over an individual’s, there is no getting away from the fact that individual brilliance adds to the lure of a game. And if a team consists of world-class performers like the Indian cricket team is blessed to have now, such individuals garner a lot of excitement, in terms of their own outstanding performances as well in comparison with others.In the current Indian ODI batting line up, the two best performers are certainly Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, with Shikhar Dhawan a close third. Both Kohli and Rohit have lit up the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies with some scintillating batting, studded with breathtaking shots.In the four matches played so far, Kohli has scored 420 runs, which includes three consecutive centuries, the first such achievement by an Indian batsman. He has done that at an astounding average of 140. On the other hand, Rohit … [Read more...] about Can Rohit Sharma outperform Virat Kohli in the 5th ODI to win the Man of the Series Award?
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Feature 87 // 01 Nov 2018, 08:21 IST SHARE In a generation of quality batsmen, Virat Kohli has grown to eclipse the rest through his unparalleled ability to convert fifties into hundreds.A few years ago cricket fans would often discuss the 'big four'. These were the four main contenders for the title of the best batsman in cricket: Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root.In fact, these players still occupy the top four slots in the ICC Test Rankings, in that same order.However, in recent times Kohli has set himself apart from the rest and left the others trailing in his wake. Looking into his statistics, it becomes clear that this is largely due to his ability to convert starts into big scores.Of the 'big four', Kohli has long been the best ODI batsmen, however, there was a period where his Test credentials were questioned.At the start of Kohli's Test career, he would only convert 5 of his first 14 fifties into centuries. This gives … [Read more...] about Virat Kohli’s conversion rate sets him apart
Feature 37 // 31 Oct 2018, 17:14 IST SHARE The year was 2012. India were taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in an Asia Cup match and out in the middle were a master and his disciple. Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli were making batting look ridiculously easy as India was on course to chase down Pakistan’s 338. And with the score at 133/2 Sachin Tendulkar departed against the run of play for 52. This would turn out to be the master blaster’s last ODI in Indian colours as Tendulkar announced his retirement from the format in December 2012 without playing another game. While this ODI is remembered by millions of Tendulkar fans as the last which their hero played on Indian colours, this match is also remembered as the match where Kohli scored a breathtaking 183 to help India overhaul the target of 338.When the great master retired in 2012, he had retired with a mind-boggling aggregate of 18426 runs with an incredible 49 hundreds. To put … [Read more...] about Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli
Stats 10 // 27 Oct 2018, 21:24 IST SHARE Though things didn't go well for the Indian team as they lost the third ODI against West Indies at the MCA Stadium in Pune by 43 runs, it was a normal day in the office for skipper Virat Kohli as he created several records during his 38th ODI century.Kohli's 107 off 119 balls wasn't enough for India to chase down 284 as they were dismissed for 240, thanks to some fantastic bowling effort by West Indies. Put into bat first, Shai Hope's 95, along with Shimron Hetmyer's 37 and a crucial 40 from Ashley Nurse towards the end, helped the visitors post 283/9 in their 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 4/35.Let us take a look at the records that were created in the third ODI in Pune.1 - Virat Kohli took just 117 innings to score 6000 runs in Asia, the fastest by a batsman. He overtook Sachin Tendulkar's record of 142 innings to reach the milestone.1 - Virat Kohli has scored … [Read more...] about Stats: Virat Kohli creates history in the third ODI
Top 5 / Top 10 27 Oct 2018, 16:25 IST SHARE India has always been gifted with batting duos like Sachin-Ganguly, Sachin-Sehwag, Sehwag-Gambhir, Gambhir-Kohli that dominated world cricket in their time. Now we are gifted with a top three which has been plundering bowling attacks all over the world out of which Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been scaling new heights with their run-scoring pyrotechnics. Virat has been a revelation in the 50 over format while Rohit’s ODI record which was miserable until Champions Trophy (CT) 2013, came his way.Captain Kohli and Vice-Captain Rohit have been so impressive that no other player can match their numbers in the last 6 years. This is why they are No.1 and No.2 ranked players in ICC batting rankings. Since 2013, Rohit has grown in stature as one of the best ODI openers.But he has always been playing second fiddle to Virat Kohli who has made the cricketing world to watch him in awe of his class and consistency. But if we dig in some … [Read more...] about 5 reasons why Rohit Sharma is no less than Virat Kohli in ODIs since 2013