Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli will look to provide the impetus in the upcoming tour of UK – that features Ireland and the England series. In a busy schedule ahead, hopes will be pinned on Kohli once again to handle the baton for India. A player of his calibre has all the right qualities to lead from the front and be the fulcrum of the team.
Besides the tour of England, India will also be involved in a mega battle against Australia later this year. The workload will once again be on the heavier side, but given the attributes of the champion batsman, he could come out on top.
In 2018 Kohli set the standards in South Africa and helped the team to a maiden ODI series win. The timely rest post that allowed him to play consistently in the Indian Premier League as well. And now he will also be felicitated with the Polly Umrigar award for his outstanding achievements in the last two seasons on June 12.
Virat Kohli had two fabulous seasons both as an individual and as a skipper. In 2016, the classy batsman scored a whopping 1,215 Test runs and 739 in ODI cricket. In 2017, he scored 1000+ runs once again in Tests, but the magical moments came in ODIs, where he amassed 1,460 runs. During 2017 season, Kohli went past 9,000 career ODI runs.
How well India prepare for the 2019 ICC World Cup, is another vital aspect in the coming time. Kohli will be leading India in his first major WC and a lot of interest therefore lies in how he manages the side post the MS Dhoni era, in 2011 and 2015.
The World Twenty20 in 2020 is another major assignment to highlight the importance of bringing forward his skillset all the time. So as things are going so smoothly for him, and with plenty to look forward to in the coming time, we look at where could he stand post 2020, both as a batsman and a skipper.
KOHLI AS A BATSMAN POST 2020
Kohli will turn 32 years old in 2020 and will look to still dominate the proceedings, as far Indian cricket is concerned. As a batsman one might witness Kohli amass more records and plethora of runs. Being the aggressive cricketer he is, one expects him to bat at the positions he is currently donning now in both Tests and limited-overs.
Post 2020, another question that will rise is how long will be still be playing. That's something only he can answer in the future. But going by his fitness regimes and positivity, it could be possible to see him play until the 2023 ICC World Cup at least as far ODI cricket is concerned. During then Kohli will be 35 years of age.
He could also follow MS Dhoni's footsteps in leaving Test cricket post 2023 and concentrate on the limited-overs. There is a possibility.
KOHLI AS A CAPTAIN PAST 2020
As far Kohli's captaincy is concerned, Kohli will definitely lead the team in 2023 WC also. In the same time he will be looking to groom potential skippers in the side.
In the next five years at least, India will not have a better leader then Kohli and therefore it's likely he will continue at the top and pass on instructions to someone like a Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant, who could be future India captains, provided they maintain their consistency.
Post 2020, Kohli will be without Dhoni in the limited-overs and from there on many current senior players too may bid adieu to the game. So as a captain, many young guns could surround him.