Virat Kohli today is an inspiration to every contemporary and young cricketer all around the world. His work ethic and sheer commitment towards the game is second to none. The Indian skipper today stands in a league of his own as he is by far the best batsman across all formats. India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour is also in awe of Kohli’s of the amount of hard work he puts every single day.
Rathour without hesitation acknowledged the fact that the India captain is the most hardworking cricketer in the world. The former cricketer who became the batting coach of India last year after the world cup has closely worked with the Indian captain. He pointed out that the biggest strength of Kohli is the way that he able to adapt and play accordingly in every format.
“For me, the best thing about Virat Kohli is his commitment to the game. He wants to be the best player in the world and he works hard for that. He puts in the hard yards, and he is the hardest working cricketer that I have seen. Other than that I believe his adaptability is his biggest strength.”
Virat Kohli is the most hardworking cricketer – Vikram Rathour
“He is not a one-dimensional player, he can change his game as and when required. He plays every format differently and that has been one of his greatest strengths,” Vikram Rathour said in a Facebook Live interaction with Sportskeeda.
Virat Kohli is the only batsman in history to average over 50 in all three formats. The 31-year-old has been dominating world cricket for a good 7-8 years now. In the 2010s he was the leading run-scorer in international cricket with 20,960 runs at a phenomenal average of 57.58. Vikram Rathour lauded Kohli’s ability to understand the position of the game and bat accordingly to different situations.
He added, “One of the best examples in which I saw was in the 2016 IPL where he scored four hundred and hit 40 odd sixes. He was going through a great patch of form and after that, we had a tour to the West Indies. After playing like that for two months in the IPL, he goes to the West Indies and in the first match he scores a double hundred without hitting a single ball in the air.”
“So that kind of change to bring into your batting because you are playing a different format, not many cricketers can do that. With Virat Kohli, I think he can play the way he wants to play. He can play according to different situations and that I think is his biggest strength”, Rathour concluded.