April 24, 2016 and the buzz was about India’s greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s 43rd birthday. Virat Kohli decided to make the day of his idol’s birthday special by smashing his maiden Twenty20 (T20) hundred.

Yes, there are reasons to be surprised. Kohli, definitely at the moment, is the best limited-overs batsman and despite coming agonisingly close to the magic-mark, this was the first time he got there. In the 2013 edition of the IPL, he got run out for 99! MORE: Virat Kohli smashes maiden T20 century: Twitter reactions

In this slam-bang format, where ugly heaves and unbelievable slogs have replaced the traditional copy-book style, here is the top batsman of this format, who continues to score big and in traditional style. Kohli is an intelligent batsman and sticks to his strengths, which lies in a sound technique and he maximises the scoring opportunities by bisecting the gaps.

If needed, he knows how to use the bottom hand or imitate one of those insane reverse sweeps of his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate AB de Villiers, but most of the time, it is the elegant straight drive that seals it for him.

Against Pakistan, in the ICC World T20 2016, Kohli was seen improvising with his stroke-play, which is a rare feature in his game. When asked about the same in the post match, the Delhi sensation replied that at this level you have to be good enough to know how to play all the shots.

Kohli’s exceptional work ethics over the time has made him what he is and the three figures in the shortest format was just a matter of time.

Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Hamid Khan
Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Hamid Khan

In T20 cricket this year, from 17 innings, he has scored 992 runs at 110.22 at a strike rate of almost 138. Looking at the scores, this was coming and nobody will be surprised if the frequencies of those three figures are more. For now, relax in your living rooms, feet up and enjoy the spectacle.