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Virat Kohli quickly making it to the league of extraordinary cricketing legends
In the 6th and final ODI against South Africa, India won comprehensibly closing the series 6-1 in favour of India. Virat Kohli scored yet another century, his fourth in the current tour; third in the current ODI series; his 19th ton while chasing successfully; and the thirty-fifth hundred of his overall career.

No doubt the current Indian team is one of the best Indian teams ever to have performed well outside the Indian subcontinent. Team India might have lost the Test series 1-2, but one should not forget that in all the three tests India was very much in the competition and perhaps for the first time on an overseas tour Indian bowlers were able to scalp 60 opponent wickets in a three Test series playing outside Asia. I think a proper analysis of India's South Africa tour will be judicious after the 3 match T20I series is over. Thus, I refrain now to discuss about various aspects of team India.

However, on Friday, while commenting on Virat Kohli's performance after the match, interesting comments came. The Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar said that he felt privileged to have witnessed genius Kohli's game. Virendra Sehewag said in his tweet that Kohli had made scoring hundreds a joke. Others too felt short of words to explain the way Kohli is scoring centuries in ODIs and double centuries in Tests. If a batsman amasses 554 runs with an average of 186 runs per innings in a six match bilateral series, definitely that batsman must be very special.

Further, if one notes his total score, number of centuries, strike rate and average score per innings, one will find that he is not only way ahead of contemporary batsmen but also one amongst the league of extraordinary cricketing legends.

Although it is unfair to compare cricketers from different era, onsidering the present form of Virat Kohli, one can say that he could be ompared to the likes of Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. Not only this, Virat Kohli has also been an equally successful skipper.

Virat is a very first learner and rarely commits the same mistake again. He has improved his cricketing skills with rigorous practice, extraordinary concentration and never ending hunger for scoring runs.

One more interesting feature of his batting is that he rarely plays strokes that are not from the cricket manual. AB de Villiers is called a 360 degrees batsman because of his innovative scoring style. Sachin Tendulkar too had some special type of strokes which can't be called orthodox. But Kohli plays just cricketing shots as per the book. The difference is that he plays those shots very consistently. He runs more for singles and doubles. He always tries to convert singles into doubles and doubles into triples, which means that he doesn't depend upon boundaries. That's why his scoring pace is very high compared to other legends.

So should we consider him as the one of the greatest cricketers of all time? Well, one's evaluation is always done after one hangs his boots. We haven't seen Bradman playing, but it was Bradman himself, who said that Tendulkar played like him. Since we have seen Tendulkar playing, we can imagine how Bradman used to play. But Kohli is very different from both Tendulkar and Bradman. That's the point we must accept whenever we see him playing.

Murali Karthik has said that at the moment, the closest competitor to Kohli is AB de Villiers but he seemed to be trailing way back in his own back yard in comparison to Kohli's performance. So we can conclude that Virat Kohli is a cricketing legend in the making and is surging ahead with leaps and bounds.

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