During the U19 World Cup of 2008, where star batsman Virat Kohli rose to prominence, the Delhi-lad used to name Protea batsman Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite, before walking into bat in the introductory snippet.
However, life came back to a full circle for Kohli as the retired South African batsman now named him as his all-time favourite Indian batsman, more than a decade later. A fan on Twitter asked Gibbs about his favourite Indian batsman of the bygone era as well as the current times. Gibbs was quick to name India’s all-format skipper as his all-time favourite batsman.
The words purple-patch or form do not quite apply for Kohli sheerly due to the unparalleled consistency displayed by the master batsman in recent years.
There seldom is an instance when the batsman takes guard and does not topple records. With the recent 5-nil drubbing in New Zealand, Kohli brought up his 10th bilateral T20I series win leading the side, most by any skipper after 15 T20I series.
With as many as 70 international tons to his tally, Kohli is all set to surpass Sachin Tendulkar in the tally. Additionally, with almost 22,000 international runs already, King Kohli, in all probability, will go on to be leading run-scorer of all time.
Yet another unique feature of Kohli’s masterclass is boasting an average of over 50 in all three formats of the game, highlighting his greatness, creating a cusp between him and his peers.
Also, the other facet to his game is that Virat proved to be one of the greatest ambassadors of the game, with his benevolent gestures, on and off the field.