Former cricketer VVS Laxman has lavished reward on Virat Kohli who not too long ago breached the 12000-run mark in ODIs, saying the present Indian skipper has been in a position to play with the identical depth he used to when he made his debut in 2008.
Kohli on Wednesday turned the quickest batsman to attain 12,000 runs in One-Day Internationals. He reached the milestone within the third and remaining ODI of the three-match sequence in opposition to Australia at the Manuka Oval which India gained by 13 runs.
The Indian skipper has taken 242 innings (251 matches) to attain 12,000 ODI runs, 58 lower than legendary Sachin Tendulkar who had reached the landmark in 300 ODI innings (309 matches).
“I think, the way he has played in each and every series, the kind of intensity he has maintained each and every day, when he’s on the cricket field is unbelievable, because at some stage I thought that will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli, at some stages he will burn out, but not even once we have seen that energy drop down when Virat is on the cricket field, whether he is batting or he is fielding,” Laxman mentioned whereas talking on Star Sports present Cricket Connected.
Kohli has additionally performed 86 Tests and 82 T20Is during which he has scored 7,240 and a pair of,794 runs respectively. In complete, he has hit 70 centuries (27 in Tests and 43 in ODIs).
Laxman mentioned one of the good issues about Kohli has been his potential to carry out below stress. The 32-year-old has scored 26 of his 42 ODI centuries whereas chasing.
“…if you see his one-day record how many hundreds did he get while chasing and then you know that you’ve got a target to achieve, there’s always a scoreboard pressure on him, but he relishes pressure, he relishes responsibility and that’s what gets the best out of him,” mentioned Laxman.
Having mentioned that, 2020 turned out to be the one yr since Kohli’s debut the place he was unable to attain a single hundred in ODIs.
Team India, who misplaced the ODI sequence 1-2, will now look to hunt revenge in opposition to Australia within the three-match T20I sequence in opposition to starting Friday at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.