There is no limit to this man’s hunger for runs. Everything time he sets his foot on a green lush cricket ground anywhere in the world, he raises the bar for himself to a new height which I just can’t help but admire! Virat Kohli now has thirteen centuries next to his name and his last 5 centuries have come in his last 9 innings.
In the just concluded series against SriLanka , he earned the Man of the Series award adding another trophy to his elite collection so far. At times, he gives me the feeling that he has the wood on Srilanka especially on their most lethal weapon, Lasith Malinga, Who can forget the assault which he launched on Srilanka at Hobart in the CB series early this year. That was simply incredible. He is a player for all seasons against all nations,cbut against SriLanka, he steps up his game by one more gear!
After receiving a month long break, which gave them the freedom to catch their breaths, a rejuvenated Indian team made their way back to the field and how. A comprehensive victory against SriLanka in their own backyard has got them in the right frame of mind to find their path back on top of the world,as far cricket is concerned. Tendulkar opting out meant that India were given the privilege of going in with another batsman and trying out the bench strength which is flooded with promising youngsters.
Apart from Virat Kohli, another batsman who stood up to his name was Gautam Gambhir. The ever resilient Gambhir showed his class yet again. After being dismissed for a minimal score in the first innings he came back strongly with a half century and a ton. In his fourth innings, he was dismissed for a duck and in the finale he came back with an innings saving 88. His mere presence in the middle calms the nerves of everyone in the dressing room.
The bowling looked disciple barring on some occasions when the bowlers leaked to many runs due to some poor bowling aided with sloppy fielding. India would be glad with the return of Irfan Pathan since he provides them a bowling-all rounder and by now we all know that he can be more than handy with the bat. It’s a beginning of another season in India’s cricket. They have started on a promising note and let’s hope that it stays that way.