India’s newly appointed Captain is the man to watch

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Successful Year | In 2016, Kohli scored 2595 runs in all three formats, most by any player. He has 20 50+ scores out of the 41 innings he batted in 2016, giving him a 50+ frequency of two.

All or Nothing | In ODIs played in 2016, Kohli has eight 30+ scores in 10 innings. Two times he was dismissed for below 10.

Master of the Chase | Virat Kohli has scored nearly one-fourth of India’s runs in wins in ODIs. His first innings batting average of 41.6 in ODIs pales in comparison to his second innings average of 63.5.

India’s newly appointed limited overs captain, Virat Kohli is in such good form that he would be the most important cog in India’s batting line-up. Coming in to the three-match series against a batting-heavy England squad, Kohli would be hoping his recent form can lead to wins, unlike in the 2016 ODI series against Australia down under.

Best 50+ frequencies in ODIs – (Min 100 inns)

The Delhi-batsman notched up four 50+ scores, including two centuries, but India lost all four matches. Irrespective of the results though, Kohli continues to demolish records. It was not a surprise he ended 2016 occupying the top positions in all three formats of the ICC batsman ranking (2nd in tests, 2nd in ODIs and 1st in T20s).

Now that Kohli has taken the job of captain, it would be interesting to see if more responsibility affects his batting in any way.  He has captained the country in the past in ODIs, averaging a whooping 70.8 in 14 innings, but he has not captained against the likes of Australia, England or South Africa.

This would be good preparations for Kohli ahead of the Champions League, and if India manages to breeze past the visitors, it would make the defending champions, India, strong contenders to retain the cup.

Most run scorers in ODIs – (Since Virat Kohli’s debut)

 

 

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