One of the most competent upcoming batsmen of the world, Virat Kohli, is having a long lean period even at his own home grounds and needs to make a comeback.
He has been a major source of inspiration for team India even when they were nose down on the foreign soils and won them quite a few limited overs games single-handedly. His magical innings of unbeaten 133 off just 86 balls comprising 2 sixes and 16 fours against Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, on February 28, 2012, was a treat to watch. The Men in Blue were chasing a mammoth target of 320 set by the Islanders and they achieved it by hammering 321 runs in just 36.4 overs and won the match by seven wickets.
Virat Kohli reminded all of his brilliance in the Asia Cup-5th match against Pakistan played on March 18, 2012, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The Green Shirts piled up 329 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 50 overs. The Blue Shirts lost their opener, Gautam Gambhir, without a run on board when Kohli got together with the little master, Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli toyed with the strong bowling attack of Pakistan, lashed out at them and was sending the ball out of the boundary lines at will. He played his career’s best majestic knock of 183 from just 148 deliveries with 1 six and 22 fours as India clinched the match by a huge margin of six wickets.
India is at the receiving end from the visiting teams recently and the major cause of their debacle is the poor form of Virat Kohli. Pakistan won the three One Day International series 2-1 and England is battling at 1-1 after playing two games in the five match series. The entire burden of the batting for team India has fallen on the shoulders of their skipper, MS Dhoni who has played well while fighting bravely and scoring heavily.
Kohli has been the centre of attraction for the crowd present in the stadiums and the cricket lovers all across the world. His team requires that he continue with his previous form and would like to see his willow showering the runs frequently, something that has earned them many wins. He has scored 133*, 108, 66, 183, 106, 1, 38, 128* and 23 runs in his previous nine encounters abroad at a gigantic average of 112.28. India has won seven out of the nine matches played abroad and has lost just two.
The 24-year-old managed just 0, 6, 7, 15 and 37 in his last five matches played at the home wickets at a dismal average of 13 mere runs. The Blue Shirts have lost three out of five matches at home and that reflects their dependence on the young gun. India has yet to play three more ODIs against the visiting England and the hosts will hate to lose another series after surrendering vs. Pakistan. Team India will heavily rely on the batting performance of Virat Kohli and he can bring his team back to the horizon with his bat.