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Old 27th March 2016, 21:30   #1
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Virat Kohli

The innings from Kohli today was one of, if the not the best innings of the tournament so far. The way he constructed his innings really was impressive, and the way he went through the gears was exemplary. He's still only 27, so there's every chance he could end up with a very illustrious record at the end of his career.Im not sure if he's the best batsman in the world over all formats, Root probably has that title at the minute, but there is no doubt that he is the man in the limited overs cricket and the way he can turn it on under pressure is really something to behold. India have been poor this tournament and are luckily to have got through, but watching Virat has been a pleasure.
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Old 27th March 2016, 22:07   #2
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Your going to get another telling off.

It was such a sensational knock mind, one thing you can't deny is Virat's big match pedigree - not something you can say about certain other individuals often listed in the current elite group. I don't think you can underestimate the pressure he was under during that innings, yet even when the run rate was beginning to spiral he was under complete control of the situation.
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Old 27th March 2016, 22:41   #3
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I didn't have a problem with discussing Kohli for one.

He's a bit intriguing for me. In test cricket he has a fantastic conversion rate (scores of 50+ to centuries) and has scored 11 tons in 41 games (12 fifties) although he has had a couple of blow out series, the already discussed England away series when Anderson had his number, and the home series India played with South Africa last year for two. You could argue that perhaps he's been a shade of an underachiever overall.

I don't recall him having been brilliant in the World Cups and he had a poor tournament last year after scoring a ton against Pakistan. He isn't as good an all-format player as Root and Smith for my money (although the latter has done less well in t20s overall.

For me Kohli's outstanding feature is that he has a very fine record in Australia in tests, which is a mark of a good player indeed given how bad some high profile team-mates did very poorly in each of those two series.
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Old 27th March 2016, 23:15   #4
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I don't have any issues with discussing Mustafizur and Kohli but I've always felt a strength of this board has been that it keeps discussions limited to a smaller number of threads rather than having new ones created all the time, which can quickly see forums be swamped by a large number of threads with few posts on each and little general interest. Personally I don't know why Kohli can't be discussed on the India thread which already exists, or Mustafizur on the Bangladesh thread. Or perhaps the bowlers and batsmen threads on the international forum.

It is, of course, up to the mods to manage the board as they feel appropriate and I shan't labour the point.

Kohli is clearly class although his test record has been moderate up to now, perhaps reflecting the general malaise in India towards this format.
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Old 27th March 2016, 23:56   #5
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I don't have any issues with discussing Mustafizur and Kohli but I've always felt a strength of this board has been that it keeps discussions limited to a smaller number of threads rather than having new ones created all the time, which can quickly see forums be swamped by a large number of threads with few posts on each and little general interest. Personally I don't know why Kohli can't be discussed on the India thread which already exists, or Mustafizur on the Bangladesh thread. Or perhaps the bowlers and batsmen threads on the international forum.

It is, of course, up to the mods to manage the board as they feel appropriate and I shan't labour the point.
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44 isn't a bad Test average, but averaging 55 in T20Is is a bit ridiculous.
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Old 28th March 2016, 04:16   #6
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Kohli might only average 44 but this is only 4 fewer than Gary ballance which shows the class of the man
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Old 28th March 2016, 08:46   #7
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I do not think kohli is good batsman .Australian bowling is so weak without starc and improper spin, no way you can return back into game from 3 or 4 down with only 6 over left to chase 160 plus ,

Indians nearly beaten vs BD but their Lucks works wonder.virat bats well only [ most 77 percentages ] when poor bowling or FLAT TRACK [ PATA ] wicket.

if india bats 2nd at Mumbai and Calcutta we will know how he can survives vs different team than pak or aus.
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He's certainly a dead cert for the Fish XI, alongside Kumar Roach, Guppy Allen and Sardine Headley.
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He's certainly a dead cert for the Fish XI, alongside Kumar Roach, Guppy Allen and Sardine Headley.
And Derek "Dick" Richardson?

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Old 28th March 2016, 19:54   #10
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Kohli is clearly class although his test record has been moderate up to now, perhaps reflecting the general malaise in India towards this format.
Hmm, I don't think it is for want of effort on his part. For all his limited overs successes, he speaks most about wanting to do it at Test level. I think he has two major problems in Test cricket: (1) he still struggles to find the balance between attack and defense (he gets out to avoidable shots in his 20s and 30s far too often for a batsman of his ability) and (2) he loses concentration after getting to 100, again too often for a batsman of his ability.

Whether this is his upper ceiling of Test performance, time will tell and ultimately decide whether he ends up amongst the great or merely good.

In limited overs cricket, he is building up a fine record of performing under pressure in the "minor" world tournaments and his innings yesterday was sublime. But as he will know, the World Cup is where it really counts and although he made an important cameo in the 2011 final, the 2015 World Cup was a big blot on his copybook, particularly his limp shot in the semi-final. Until he really dominates a World Cup, it will always feel like there is something a little lacking in his ODI record too.
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Old 28th March 2016, 22:20   #11
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Hmm, I don't think it is for want of effort on his part. For all his limited overs successes, he speaks most about wanting to do it at Test level. I think he has two major problems in Test cricket: (1) he still struggles to find the balance between attack and defense (he gets out to avoidable shots in his 20s and 30s far too often for a batsman of his ability) and (2) he loses concentration after getting to 100, again too often for a batsman of his ability.

Whether this is his upper ceiling of Test performance, time will tell and ultimately decide whether he ends up amongst the great or merely good.
I'm surprised but pleased he's made those comments about Test cricket, as it would be easy for him to just focus on the limited overs stuff, as leading India to WC wins is what will determine how highly he is rated in India.

I remember in 2012 when England toured India he didn't look particularly impressive, but I don't think he had played many Tests at that point, and he was also poor when India last toured England. However, his performances against Asutralia were fantastic and if he replicates that form throughout his career there's no reason why he can't finish up with a Test average of over 50.
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And Derek "Dick" Richardson?

(A very tenuous link, but if anyone can get it, I'd expect you to!)
Coincidentally, I overheard a couple of blokes discussing Marillion on the tube last week.

Didn't they have a huge hit with a song called 'Kohli'?
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World t20 Man of the Series despite not being in the winning side or indeed reaching the final.
Deserves it. It was a pleasure to watch him play.
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Deserves it. It was a pleasure to watch him play.
Seconded. My abiding memory of this tournament.
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He was India's team in this competition. He's one of the best limited over players we'll ever see. It's a shame he's got such **** teammates.
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He was India's team in this competition. He's one of the best limited over players we'll ever see. It's a shame he's got such **** teammates.
Yes indeed. I wasn't implying any criticism of him.
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Yes indeed. I wasn't implying any criticism of him.
Similar to Klusener in '99. I think it's easier to be the standout player of the tournament in a losing team as it only takes one loss to dump you out the tournament. And in this case, Kohli was the standout player even in that losing match. Saying that, Root would have had a strong case, had England won and the tournament wasn't in India
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Similar to Klusener in '99. I think it's easier to be the standout player of the tournament in a losing team as it only takes one loss to dump you out the tournament. And in this case, Kohli was the standout player even in that losing match. Saying that, Root would have had a strong case, had England won and the tournament wasn't in India
I'd probably put Badree over Root if honest. The West Indies bowlers were pretty strong throughout. Only India dominated them really. What's remarkable about their batting is that none of them had a good tournament but I think they all contributed one important innings each.
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Not only he is best player but also he is loved and admired with his awesome look, style, nature and devotion for his country. The way he bats and the way he builds innings is all amazing. I did not saw anybody better than him in cricket world currently. He is young, energetic, beautiful, handsome (http://www.goalcric.com/list/most-ha...icket-players/) and talented.
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