By Beating Australia, Has Virat Kohli Conquered the Final Frontier?


By Beating Australia, Has Virat Kohli Conquered the Final Frontier?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


irat Kohli is the best batsman in the world. This is no longer an opinion; it is a fact. The statistics and the records speak for themselves. He is the best batsman in Test cricket and the shorter formats. Whether it’s a green top or a dusty track, seam bowling or spin, bright sunshine or overcast conditions, setting a target or chasing one, whether the team is playing in India or overseas, international or franchise cricket, King Kohli has conclusively established his ruthless dominance with the willow. Commentators, critics, and fans have run out of adjectives to describe his feats — his ability, planning, and execution with the bat. He is the Roger Federer of batting.

Kohli has the world at his feet. He is the darling of the country, scores runs at will, has brands chasing him, and is India’s richest sportsperson. Last December, he had a dream wedding that gave the world Instagram envy. (At least, until DeepVeer started flooding everyone’s timelines.) One wouldn’t be wrong to believe that he is at the very top in every aspect of his game, from diet to fitness to skill. He is obsessed with success, he’s the “perfectionist” of cricket, if you will. However, there was an area of his game where critics always raised question marks — captaincy. As India win their first ever test series against Australia in Australia, has King Kohli managed to conquer the final frontier?