India has produced a number of great batsmen, but Virat Kohli must be among the greatest. Sachin Tendulkar emerged as India’s best batsman of the 1990s and 2000s. Kohli, who has been one of the most prolific run scorers is considered to be one of the best batsmen of our era.
Virat Kohli has been hailed by former Pakistan captain Salman Butt as one of the best all-format players of our time.
‘I think Virat Kohli is the most productive batsman in the world. There is no doubt about that. During a Q/A session on his YouTube channel, Butt said, “His performances speak for themselves and have led to positive results for his team.”
It is hard to argue with Butt. Among the very few batsmen from the current generation to average more than 50 in all three formats, Kohli averages 52.37 in Tests, 59.07 in ODIs and 52.65 in T20Is. Kohli also has 70 tons across formats, the most of any player. On the list of most ODI centuries, Kohli is only behind the great Tendulkar with 43. Further, Kohli’s 12169 ODI runs rank him second in the Indian ODI record book after Sachin Tendulkar.
Among his many world records, Kohli holds the title of the fastest batsman to score 8,000, 9000, 10000, 11000, and 12,000 runs in ODIs. Kohli has the best ODI rating (911 points), T20I rating (897 points) and Test rating (937 points).