Vriat Kohli, Rahul Dravid during IPL days © Getty Images
Vriat Kohli, Rahul Dravid during IPL days © Getty Images

After failing in the Cape Town Test, Virat Kohli has been in an ominous form on the ongoing South Africa tour. It all started with the magnificent 153 at Centurion. He followed it up with two fighting knocks — 54 and 41 — in conditions favourable for seamers. Although India lost the Test series 1-2, Kohli displayed magnificent show of character under pressure.

Then began his favourite format. In the first 3 ODIs of the six-match series, Kohli’s score read 112, 46*, and 160* — the best being the last one, where he scored 53 per cent of team’s score.

In his column for The Times of India, Sourav Ganguly praised India’s efforts: “It has been a superb performance from India. To see them 3-0 up in a six-match ODI series in South Africa, especially after losing the Test series, speaks volumes of the character shown by Virat Kohli and his boy.”

Ganguly, however, could not have completed the piece without highlighting Kohli’s performance: “I have been fortunate enough to play with and against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara, and this man is right up there with all of them. What stands out for me is not just his amazing control and his ability to adjust but also the energy and intensity he brings to his batting in each and every innings.

“To get to 34 ODI centuries so quickly in his career is just out of the world. The fact that no other Indian batsman has touched a three-figure mark so far on this tour and only one South African has got a century shows what quality of batsmanship Kohli has displayed on this trip. And we still have a while to go!”