Virat Kohli is the greatest ODI batsman of all time

Abhishek Singh Updated: 13 June, 2020, 3:23 PM IST

Virat Kohli has been one of the world’s most versatile and creative batsmen. When consistency is added to his these tributes, it becomes a deadly trio that no opposition would like to face. Prior to the pandemic that has set everything wrong, Virat’s form got dipped a little and people started worrying.

However, Kohli has done a lot his career. A master of all the formats has shone like none other when it comes to the 50-over set up.

He has amassed 11867 runs in the 248 matches at an outstanding average of 59.33, while his 43 centuries are second only to the great Sachin Tendulkar. With such stats, it’s only fair to say that Kohli’s career has been nothing but blissful.

Tormenting oppositions over the years

Over the 12 years, Virat Kohli has shown how a batsman could get the better of not just one team but almost all the teams he plays against. Among the top teams that Kohli has played at least 10 matches against, West Indies have been hammered badly by the master.

Kohli has scored 2235 career runs against the Windies, the most by a batsman in ODIs. His average of 72.10 against the Caribbean is only second to that of his against Bangladesh. Among the major cricketing nations, he has scored the least runs against Pakistan, but that is primarily because he has played only 13 matches against them.

1910 runs against Australia in 40 matches, 680 against Bangladesh in 12, 1178 against England in 30 matches, 1378 against New Zealand in 26, 536 runs against the arch-rivals Pakistan in 13 games, 1287 against the Proteas and 2220 versus Sri Lanka. This is the breakdown of all runs scored by Kohli against the major opponents.

The dasher from Delhi also has a stupendous average against all countries. While he averages the best against Bangladesh (75.55), he has been least consistent against England at an average of 45.3, which in itself is considered a very respectable average in ODI cricket. Other than England, Pakistan is the only opposition against whom Kohli has an average of less than 50 (48.73).

When it comes to scoring centuries, the Indian maestro has favored the islanders once again. Nine ODI centuries, the most against any country has come against the West Indies. Apart from it, Kohli has also favored the Australian and Sri Lankan bowlers as he has eight centuries each against these countries. He has been least productive against Pakistan in terms of the number of centuries.

Mr. Consistent: The wrath of the bat never stopped

Virat Kohli is the only man apart from Sachin Tendulkar to hit 1000 or more runs in a calendar year seven times. While Sachin did it in his 24 years of career, the greatness and consistency of Kohli can be gauged from the fact that he has done it in half the time than Sachin- just 12 years.

If you take out 2010 and 2011, then in the rest of the years, Kohli has scored at an average above 50, which is breathtaking by any standard.

Kohli has scored the most runs in a calendar year in 2017, with 1460 runs coming from his blade while he had the best average in the year 2018 when he scored 1202 runs at an average of 133.56.

In terms of the scoring century, the most for the Indian captain has been six in a year. He smashed six centuries each in 2017 and 2018.

The chase master

Virat Kohli has been so amazing while chasing targets that he has been nicknamed as the ‘Chase Master’. Virat has scored 7039 of his total runs while chasing, which is almost 60% of the total runs he has scored.

His proficiency while chasing is even more evident by his average of 68.33. Even in terms of centuries, 26 of the 43 hundreds scored by Kohli have come in run chases. His highest individual score of 183 also came while chasing. He has remained not out 31 times while chasing, but while batting first, it’s just eight times.

Home or Away! It doesn’t really matter

They say if you are a true batsman, no venue should matter, whether home or away. Similar is the case with Kohli as he has more runs away from home (including neutral venues) than at home. While he has scored 4865 runs at home venues, 7002 of his runs have come at venues outside India.

In terms of averages, Kohli averages just a little more at home (60.81) than away (58.35). While 19 of his centuries have come at home, 24 are away from it.

The winning mentality

Virat is such a player that if he goes out in the middle, no matter which is the opposition, his only aim is to win and that’s evident in his fielding, attitude and most importantly, batting. Kohli has scored a whopping 72% of his runs in matches won by India. While he has scored 202 runs in the 5 matches that ended in a tie, 90 runs have come in a few matches that ended without a result.

His average of 77.37 in winning matches and the fact that 35 of his 43 centuries (most by any batsman in a winning cause) have come in Indian victories only cement the belief that if Kohli plays through, no one can stop India from winning.

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Danielle Wyatt reacts to Arjun Tendulkar's senior debut for Mumbai

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 5:20 PM IST

Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, finally made his senior debut as he donned the Mumbai jersey during an Elite Group E fixture of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21.

After missing the first two games, Arjun played his first game during Mumbai's third game of the tournament. However, the pacer didn't have the best of outings as he finished his spell at 3-0-34-1.

Arjun had conceded 15 runs in his first over before returning to take the wicket of Haryana opener, Chaitanya Bishnoi. However, Mumbai ended up losing the game by 8 wickets, and thus, crashed out of the tournament with two games still to play.

The 21-year-old is expected to be retained in the line-up for the remaining games. After the all-rounder bagged his first wicket, he became one of the top trends on social media. England women's team batter Danielle Wyatt also reacted to the southpaw's debut.

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Wyatt, who is known to be a close friend of Arjun, lauded and congratulated the youngster for bagging a wicket on his debut. "Congratulations Arjun! Great start," the World Cup winner wrote on Twitter.

During an interaction with Cricket.com, Wyatt, who has after faced Arjun in the nets, said the youngster is getting quicker.

“Since then whenever I bump into Sachin or Arjun or whenever they come to Lord’s to train, I go to the nets and ask him (Arjun) to bowl with the new ball to me. But he is getting very quick now. He always says I will bounce you and knock your head off so I don’t like him bowling to me anymore. He is getting too dangerous to face,” Wyatt had said in June 2020.

Having finally made his senior debut, Arjun could be in action in IPL 2021 as he is now eligible to register for the auction. As per the norms, unless a franchise recommends someone, a player has to play at least one domestic game to enter the IPL auction.

He laughed about it: Shane Warne clears air with Marnus Labuschagne

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 4:45 PM IST

Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne cleared up the comments he made about Marnus Labuschagne that earned him a fair bit of flak from the Australian fans. However, Warne on Saturday cleared up the comments he made about Labuschagne.

Warne was blasted by the Australian cricket fraternity after Labuschagne scored a ton on Day 1 of the fourth Test against India at Gabba. During the third Test, Warne, alongside former teammate and all-rounder Andrew Symonds, was reportedly heard using an 'expletive' while commentating on Marnus' batting.

"Jeez it's annoying. 'No!!!' Just f---ing bat properly," he had said according to World Wide of Sports.

Warne said he's a huge fan of Labuschagne's batting and added that the had already cleared the air with 26-year-old. The 51-year-old instead revealed that Marnus was 'ok' with it and the pair had a laugh regarding the same.

“I just want to clear something up,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Marnus. I’ve read a few reports saying ‘cop that Shane!’ about what you said about [him]. What I said about Marnus Labuschagne was ‘bat properly’. And what that means is none of that silly stuff of ‘wait on!’ and all of that carry on," he added

“Just bat, because you’re such a good player and yesterday I thought he didn’t do any of that stuff and he made a brilliant hundred.

It is something I won't regret: Rohit Sharma on first innings dismissal

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 3:54 PM IST

Indian team vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been facing a lot of criticism for playing an aerial shot off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, which led to his dismissal on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test in Brisbane.

However, Rohit, who played a knock of 44, said he does not regret playing the aerial shot, despite gifting his wicket to Lyon, who is making his 100th Test appearance for Australia. Instead, Rohit said that he didn't connect his shot properly.

"I reached where I wanted to reach, just that I did not connect with where I wanted to hit the ball. I was trying to pierce that long-on and deep square-leg fielder, I just did not connect with the way I would have loved to," Rohit said during a virtual press conference

"I actually liked what I did today, before coming here, we knew it would be a good pitch to bat, of course, there would be bounce and carry to the keeper, but this is what I enjoy," the 33-year-old added.

"Once I was in and I had played a few overs, I realised there was not much swing so I did little adjustment there, after that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it is something I won't regret. I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in," he further stated.

"That is my role in this team to keep putting pressure on the bowlers. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers," he concluded.

India will resume day 3 at 62/2 after rain forced early stumps on day 2 at the Gabba. The visitors are trailing the hosts by 307 runs. The series is currently tied at 1-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a stalemate.

I was not allowed to carry anti-racism banners inside SCG: Indian Fan

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 3:03 PM IST

Amidst all the chaos regarding Indian players facing racism at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during the third Test in Sydney, An Indian-Australian fan from Sydney has made shocking revelations regarding the same.

Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were allegedly abused by a section of the crowd at the SCG on Day 3 of the third Test before Team India had lodged a formal complaint with the officials.

Now, a fan has revealed that he was left feeling 'stripped and naked' after encountering racism at the venue. An Indian fan from Sydney -- Krishna Kumar -- has revealed he was stopped from entering the stadium with anti-racism banners on Day 5 of the Sydney Test.

Kumar said he was stopped by the security guards at the SCG and one of them even asked him 'to go back to where he belongs' for carrying the banners. He also revealed the Indian players on the ground were being continuously addressed as 'curry munchers'.

"Rivalry is good, racism is not", "No racism mate", "Brown inclusion matters" and "Cricket Australia - more diversity please" - were the four banners he was stopped from taking inside the stadium.

"He (security guard) told me, 'If you need to address this matter, go back to where you belong,' " Kumar was quoted as saying the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It was a very small banner. I made it out of my kids' paper roll. I want justice. I want accountability. I was feeling stripped, feeling watched and I went there to fight racism," he added.

"Why should I be stopped from addressing racism, especially at a ground where it was debatable whether it was happening or not? " he further stated.

"There were chants of 'curry munchers'. I was called a 'curry muncher'. The Indian team were called 'curry munchers'. That was going on loud and repeatedly," he concluded.

Kumar on Thursday filed an official complaint in the matter after meeting the NSW legal personnel. Meanwhile, ICC and Cricket Australia are also running a separate investigation on the same.

At least you’ll play one game: Nathan Lyon recalls his father’s funny reaction on his Test debut

Vedant Yadav Updated: 16 January, 2021, 2:26 PM IST

Nathan Lyon on Friday became the 13th Australian player to play 100 Tests in the 'baggy green' as he lined-up on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth and final Test in Brisbane. He marked his debut with the wicket of Rohit Sharma.

It has been some journey for Nathan Lyon, having made his Test debut in 2011 against Sri Lanka at Galle. As called by his teammates, 'Garry' has enjoyed a decade of success and will now unarguably qualify as one of the greatest bowlers to have ever graced the game.

Lyon is already the third-highest wicket-taker for the Aussies with 397 wickets to his name. And, considering the fact that he started his journey as a pitch curator at the Adelaide Oval, Lyon's story is nothing short of a fairytale.

In the same light, Lyon has now recalled the humorous interaction that he had with his father before putting on the Australian Baggy Green Cap for the first time. Lyon revealed that his father was happy that he would at least play a single Test match for Australia.

“I called Mum and Dad, I think Dad was out the back of Temora (NSW town) somewhere working. I said, ‘Dad, you won’t believe this,’ and he said, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I’m making my debut.’ He goes, ‘That’s all right, at least you’ll play one game,’ and he hung up,” said Lyon in a chat with Mark Howard on Fox Cricket.

Lyon said that his father got too emotional and hung up early to avoid a conversation. He also recalled that both his mother as well as his grandmother were crying and also added that his brother was totally speechless.

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“I’ve since found out that he was probably too emotional to talk. Then I called my brother, and he was speechless. Mum started crying… I called my grandmother and she started crying,” the off-spinner added.

Lyon would savour every moment he is spending at The Gabba as the match will determine the outcome of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is currently tied at 1-1- after India salvaged a draw in Sydney.