It is rare for a cricketer to have such a sudden rise as Kohli’s. The 23-year-old was already one of the finest batsmen in the country and looked like he was going to become its next big thing. 

He got selected in the Indian squad for the 2011 Under-19 World Cup and scored heavily in that tournament. In his next outing, he captained India Under-19s at the 2011 Under-19 World Cup where he led them to a semi-final finish. He also captained South Zone in the same tournament and finished as runner-up while scoring centuries against New Zealand, Australia, and West Indies. 

He continued his success with the A team as well. Kohli finished as India’s leading run scorer in all three formats during this time with over 11000 runs under his belt at an average of over 51 runs per innings. It was only a matter of time before Kohli became one of India’s best ODI batsmen but there were certain factors that hindered him along the way. 

He struggled to adapt to T20 cricket which was becoming more and more important for players who wanted to make it at the highest level. Moreover, there were some issues with his captaincy which we will be discussing later in this article; these problems left him confused about his future plans and ultimately led him down a bad path that damaged his career irreparably or so it seemed at that time!

 

The Rise of Virat Kohli

Kohli’s rise to stardom saw him scoring heavily in every format of the game for India and also for various Indian state teams. He was one of the few young batsmen in the country who seemed to have all the qualities to become India’s next great batsman. He was aggressive, brilliant at improvisation, a good Corey Anderson and aggressive finisher, and above all a good leader. 

His very first ODI was against Bangladesh in October 2010. The Indian team was struggling at that point in time and needed a win badly. Kohli came along and led them to an emphatic win by scoring a fine unbeaten 94 off just 73 deliveries. He scored a brilliant 52 off just 31 balls and looked set to become a great ODI batsman for India. In 2011, Kohli led India in the World Cup and scored heavily. 

He finished as India’s highest run-getter with over 607 runs at an average of over 70. He also scored two centuries and a fifty in the tournament. Apart from that, Kohli also led India in Test cricket during this time. He scored heavily in his Test debut against West Indies at Port of Spain in May 2011. 

He then played against England in Mumbai in October of the same year and scored another handsome century. However, that proved to be his last Test century before he was dropped from Test Cricket. It was a terrible time for Kohli’s career as he did not know what his future held for him.

 

India’s loss: Should India Have Thought Twice About Selecting Kohli?

It was evident that India had a gem in Kohli. He was a great run-scorer, a good captain, and was aggressive in the shorter formats of the game. Moreover, he was also a good Test batsman and a great team-man everything you need to be a successful captain in the longest game format. However, there were some major drawbacks about him that were bound to come out sooner or later as well. First and foremost was his habit of getting out in the middle. 

He was a gun-for-hire in ODIs and looked like he would score heavily for India for at least a decade or so but for one thing, he got out more often than he should have done. It was only a matter of time before Kohli became one of India’s best ODI batsmen but there were certain factors that hindered him along the way.

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He struggled to adapt to T20 cricket which was becoming more and more important for players who wanted to make it at the highest level. Moreover, there were some issues with his captaincy which we will be discussing later in this article; these problems left him confused about his future plans and ultimately led him down a bad path that damaged his career irreparably or so it seemed at that time!

 

The Descent into Darkness

Once he got out of the Test team, things started going terribly for Kohli in ODIs as well. He was dropped from the Indian team for the 2012 Asia Cup but still continued with his IPL career. also, He missed out on a place in the Indian team for the 2012 World Twenty20 but that did not seem to affect him much. also, He played in the IPL again and carried his good form from the previous season. 

He got a chance to play for India in 2013 but this time it was in the limited-overs format and not the longer format. and, He played three ODIs against Australia and scored a total of 58 runs at an average of 23.70. This performance left everyone shocked, including Kohli himself. Kohli kept getting chances to play for India in the ODI format and it seemed like he never learned his lesson. His next chance would come in 2014 and he missed all of them! He was not picked for the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 World Twenty20, and the 2015 Asia Cup as well.

 

The Return to the Top

After a poor run in the ODI format, Kohli turned his focus to his Test career. He played 10 Tests and scored at an average of over 60 runs per innings. He had one of his best series against England in 2015. and, He scored two centuries and a fifty in that series which was against the best team at that point in time. His next series was against Australia in 2016. The home team had a good team but Kohli’s team was just as good. 

He scored two centuries in that series, but the way he played was most impressive. He was aggressive and got into good positions to score runs. His last series in 2016 was against Bangladesh. Kohli won the Man of the Series award for that series with a total score of 9/124 in just 161 balls. He showed his brilliance in chasing down those challenging targets as well.

 

Dangers for the Future of Kohli’s Career

The good thing about Kohli was that he was still getting chances to play for the national team in Test and ODI cricket. However, it is important to remember that he had only been playing the game for a few years and had not worked on his technique at all. 

He was a good cricketer but there was no guarantee that he would not get out while batting in the future. Either way, it would have been better for him if he had learned to play the game with a solid technique from a young age. 

As it was, Kohli had to learn on the job and it seems like he never got over his issues with getting out cheaply. He was lucky in the sense that he was never dropped from the team but his technique just kept getting worse and worse with every innings he played.