There used to be a point in time where the cricket arena was dominated by the likes of such great players as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman, and it is inevitable for those likes to keep changing.
Soon after the domination of this quartet, there came the rise of other talented players who were vying for the chance to play in an Indian jersey, but very few were able to make the cut. Out of those select players who got an opportunity to play for India was Delhi lad Virat Kohli.
I believe he would have thought the state in which he is at the present moment was highly unfathomable to achieve, let alone dream of. He is the envy of many cricketers, and they surely do hold a grudge for the talent he possesses.
The rise of Virat was first recognised after the demise of his beloved father, at the time when he was playing a Ranji Trophy match for Delhi. Beffudled by overwhelming emotions, he stood his ground and went on to score a fabulous century which helped him pave the way into the realm of world cricket. The aggressor in Virat was born.
This grievous loss did not deter the rising star from achieving his goals, however. He was appointed the captain of India to lead the squad for the 2008 Under-19 World Cup which was held in Malaysia. There were occasions when the team fumbled in their world cup campaign and Virat stood strong to steer them to victory.
Under his leadership, India won the 2008 under-19 cup and he emerged as the third highest runs scorer with a lone century under his belt. He debuted for the senior team against Sri Lanka in that very year. He might not have got the perfect opening for his ODI career, but he surely did maintain his zeal.
From then on, it was a never-ending journey for Virat as he kept bettering himself with every match he played. Some few years ago, as a kid, I remember myself glued to the television awaiting Virat at the crease and would enjoy every moment he played his scintillating shots.
The most memorable innings I can recollect was his fantastic knock of 133 runs against Sri Lanka.. From that moment on, as an aggressor, he was bestowed with the title of “The Chase Master”, breaking seemingly every record in the book. This new age of cricket reverberates the name Kohli, and King Kohli reigns supreme. Will it be Virat who eclipses Sachin on all fronts? There are possibilities. As a devout fan, I can only predict.