Virat Kohli is not just a name, he is the messiah of Indian cricket, an inspiration to several youngsters, a game-changing batsman, who fought his way through to become the champion of champions in international arena.

The Delhi-born star, who became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in One-day Internationals, is now second on the list of most centuries scored by any cricketer in ODI cricket.

Have you ever thought what made Virat Kohli so successful in ODI cricket? How a gully cricket star became the captain of Indian cricket team? Well, it takes a lot to make your own identity in any sphere of life. Several batting greats including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to sacrifice their comfort level to carve a niche in world cricket.

But Virat Kohli didn’t get influence by anyone and wrote his own success story with his stylish batting and leadership style.

On that note, here is the list of five factors that make Virat Kohli the best batsman in ODIs:

Fitness

When it comes to fitness, Virat Kohli is an inspiration not only to the cricketers but also for all the athletes across the globe. He has revolutionized the face of Indian cricket by giving importance to fitness.

His hunger to score runs in every game is because of his fitness. From being a chubby boy to becoming a fitness icon, Virat has set an example for the youngsters with his rigorous work-out routine.

He even turned vegetarian, started measuring his food portions, took up weight and strength training to attain supreme fitness levels.

Chase Master

If chasing is an art, Virat Kohli is Picasso of it. With an average of over 90 in run chases, Kohli is a Chase Master in true sense. He has been batting dynamite, a man who has plundered attacks at will. When it comes to chases, nobody does it better than ‘King Kohli’.

Back in February 2012 when the Men in Blue needed 321 runs in 40 overs to survive in the tri-series, the run-machine Kohli stood out with the bat and smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts of the park. His phenomenal innings of 133 off just 86 balls made sure that India finished the game in 36.4 overs.

Commitment towards the game

The 32-year-old batsman has not just set the benchmark in international cricket with his classic batting but has also shown extraordinary dedication towards his game on many occasions.

Remember the sight of Kohli smashing a ton for RCB in IPL 2016 with seven stitches on his palm?

His high-intense emotions, aggression, passion, and the energy on the field make him different from other cricketers.

When his father passed away in December 2006, Virat was playing for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka. Despite his personal tragedy, he showcased extreme professionalism and went on to play a valuable innings of 90 runs on the day of his father’s demise.

Impressive strokeplay

Virat Kohli’s cover drive is a joy to behold for every cricket fan. Though the Indian captain has a variety of shots in his arsenal, his classic drives are treat to watch for his fans across the world.

There is no doubt in saying that Virat is a complete batsman and has all the strokes in the book. His ability to play a fearless brand of cricket has made him an absolute nightmare for the rival bowlers.

Be it an ace spinner or a fierce fast bowler, Kohli never hesitates to go for his shots.

Numbers tell the story

The world-class batsman has been a real game-changer in ODI cricket over the past few years. But what makes him a better batsman than other greats of the game.

The star batsman has a knack of scoring runs consistently. He has an average of 59.31, which is highest in history among all the batsmen who have played more than 100 ODIs.

Notably, Virat Kohli and South African legend, AB de Villiers, are the only two players in 100 plus ODI club who have a strike rate of more than 90 and an average of 50 plus.

In 251 ODI games, Virat has accumulated 12040 runs so far and is also leading the batting charts in the latest ICC rankings with 870 points.

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