Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes Virat Kohli has had a lot of impact on the game of cricket because of his match-winning knocks and the fitness standards he has set as well. Kohli has scored 26733 runs at an average of 54.11 in 522 international games across formats as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “If you have to judge a player’s greatness, there are three or four parameters. One in longevity. He is 35 and it seems like he can play for four more years. Then you see his impact on the game. He wins matches and makes an entire generation fit. He has had a massive impact. Another important aspect is how you adapt across three formats – he does that. Then, of course, the sheer records, the numbers. The numbers don’t lie about him – 50 ODI centuries, four double centuries in a year in Tests, nearly 1000 runs in an IPL season.”
While opining that Virat Kohli might not be able to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international tons, Chopra added that virtually all other batting records are in his name only. He further added that Kohli’s best comes when the opposing team is strong and the pitch is slightly challenging, citing his success in South Africa, Australia, and even England after the 2014 tour as well.
“The one thing that defines him is the chase game. He is the modern master and the chase master. I feel the name ‘chase master’ was coined in the match against Sri Lanka in Hobart where India needed a bonus point to qualify. How well he hit Lasith Malinga and all the other bowlers,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “There were other seniors in the team as well but the way Virat Kohli played made you realize that this guy is special and different. After that, he has been unstoppable in chases. You will remember the unbeaten 82-run knock against Pakistan.”