Virat Kohli walks out to bat and he peels off records and then draws rave reviews. This has been the template to his batting for quite some time now and after his record-breaking feat in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam, the Indian captain has established his legendary status as far as limited overs cricket is concerned.
Harbhajan Singh, the seasoned off-spinner who has shared the dressing room with Kohli, believes that Kohli’s work ethic and commitment to the cause deserves special praise.
Harbhajan saluted Kohli for the way he goes about his business and said that “it is not easy being Virat Kohli”.
The 38-year-old, who has played 236 ODIs, added that Kohli is the best batsman he has seen in recent years.
Kohli, who recently became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs, averages 54.57 in Tests and nearly 60 in the 50-over format.
“But talking about Kohli…My salute to this guy. The way he goes about his business, every time he walks out on the field with all the expectations from him. He is just unbelievable. A run-machine, I would say. It is not easy being Virat Kohli,” Harbhajan said.
Harbhajan was all praise for the Kohli’s intensity in the practice sessions and says that he has not seen any player take the nets with the intensity of the Indian captain and this sets him apart.
“Whenever he walks out to bat, people expect him to score hundred. The reason behind this what I feel is he prepares himself like match situation. I have seen people not taking practice so seriously but Kohli practises with dedication. When you practice so well, the game becomes easier and being Virat Kohli is difficult,” Harbhajan said.
The third ODI between India and the West Indies will be played in Pune on Saturday.