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Friday, December 2, 2011

Can Virat Kohli fill the gap left by Dravid?

Virat Kohli is one of the emerging faces of Indian cricket's next generation. He can fill the patch in the great wall left by Rahul Dravid. He has enough talent and sportsman spirit.

Kohli's claim to fame came when he captained India's World Cup winning U-19 side and was immediately propelled into the Indian Premier League in 2008. Devoid of noteworthy performances in the tournament, his domestic form still won him an India ODI cap on tour to Sri Lanka. The Delhi lad was initially deployed up and down the batting line-up, from replacing Virender Sehwag as an opener to accelerating the middle-order momentum.

After 70 ODI innings, he had already amassed 7  centuries. An assurance evident in his shot selection and footwork, he was rarely found wanting with his technique even on bowler-friendly surfaces abroad. Sure, there have been dull phases in which he performed below par, but he has so far managed to bounce back from every rut that he's fallen into.

He had a marvellous 2010 where he amassed around 1000 runs in a calendar year and continued his form in 2011 by scoring a century in his maiden World Cup match against Bangladesh and was a consistent contributor with the bat throughout the tournament. Often compared to Rahul Dravid for his sound technique, Virat Kohli could well mould himself into a new-age anchor for India.

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